With what's been disclosed about the Administration's mechaniations to sell the Iraq war, it's pretty clear that Woodward had the wool pulled over his eyes when interviewing Rumsfeld, Bush, et al for this book.
[abridged] A must-read if you want to learn how President Bush got us into an unnecessary war. Woodward does a great job of providing insights into the thinking of Bush's inner circle. Woodward clearly shows how neo-conservatives developed momentum for removing Saddam Hussein from power without much concern for the consequences of war or the need for valid justification to attack. This war seemed to Bush to be almost too easy! So who not attack? After all, he is the war president.
Bob Woodward is a master at telling the facts in a way that makes you feel like you're right there in the room with all the players. Whether you like the Bush Bunch or not, you feel like you know the guys by the end of this audio recording.
A good read, though I can't help feeling that this book was attempting to deflect some of Rumsfelds / Bush's part in the entire affair. While there was good information in the book, I can't shake the impression that it was intended to be more of a "feel good" book, attempting to give the reader an impression that these two really didn't want to go to war, and don't deserve to have blood on their hands. No wonder this book is on Bush's reading list recommendations. Propaganda?
Bob is fair and non-partisan in this book. I enjoyed it.
Inside story of the days leading to the war(Iraq). A must read.
"Bob Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. He has authored or co-authored eight national bestsellers: All the President's Men and The Final Days with Carl Bernstein, The Brethren with Scott Armstrong, Wired, Veil, The Commanders, The Agenda and The Choice. Woodward lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Elsa Walsh, a writer for The New Yorker."