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Bush at War By Bob Woodward Bush at War Award winning author and journalist Bob Woodward turns his attention to the presidency of George W Bush Before the acts of terrorism on September George W Bush s presidency had been beset by numer

  • Title: Bush at War
  • Author: Bob Woodward
  • ISBN: 9780743461078
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bush at War By Bob Woodward Award winning author and journalist Bob Woodward turns his attention to the presidency of George W Bush Before the acts of terrorism on 11 September, George W Bush s presidency had been beset by numerous problems Not only was it in many peoples eyes invalid, very few people took him seriously as a world statesman Then following one violent mindless act of terrorism, GAward winning author and journalist Bob Woodward turns his attention to the presidency of George W Bush Before the acts of terrorism on 11 September, George W Bush s presidency had been beset by numerous problems Not only was it in many peoples eyes invalid, very few people took him seriously as a world statesman Then following one violent mindless act of terrorism, George W Bush became a president that his country could rely on, one they felt they could trust to lead them through these difficult times And the world saw a man who was decisive and resolute, a president who was seemingly determined to route out the people who had carried out the heinous acts But one year after the attacks how has the 44th President of the United States fared And what were the actual behind the scenes discussions that took place whilst the country was rocked by the crisis Bob Woodward has been shadowing the President since those fateful events, he was allowed unprecedented access to closed door meetings and briefings and this masterful book is a look at what really happened.
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    1. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      An intriguing story but also one drenched in drama It also felt very one sided, without much insight from other politicians or country officials.

    2. Erik Graff on said:

      The I read Bob Woodward himself and the I read about him, the fishy I think he is Having started his career in naval intelligence and professionally associated with Alexander Haig, Woodward went on to a meteoric rise through the newspaper industry to land in the right place and the right time to contribute to the unseating of Richard Nixon The right place was The Washington Post, an occasional asset of the CIA The right time was after Nixon had earned the ire of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for [...]

    3. Leo Jacobowitz on said:

      Will go down in history as one of the flimsiest pieces of propagandist bullshit written by a pathetic sycophant of a writer.who just years later would turn on the administration.Everyone outside of the early street protesters in my beloved San Francisco was watching Powell s videos thinking they saw something and admiring Rumsfeld on how tough and handsome he wasetic, disgusting, cowardly and horrifying period Now everyone is a Bush critic but I remember the cowards then.

    4. Kandice on said:

      I don t want to debate, but this book kept me in, and left me, in a state of supreme anger

    5. Erin on said:

      Where have I heard this before Hey,this sounds familiar, too Because we HAVE heard itIs this his literary agent s best work, yet Face it, Mr Woodward s book tour ripped across your lawn, flashed from your TV, issued forth from the radio, and came to rest on your kitchen table folded up right next to your morning coffee Thanks to an expert publicist, this book was excerpted, quoted, and publicly recounted by B.W in over the air interviews Bob Woodward s face, name, voice, and bio strafed the medi [...]

    6. Barry McCulloch on said:

      What do you want from this book The answer to this question will decide whether you should read it or enjoy doing so If you want an analysis of Bush s foreign policy up until the invasion of Iraq don t buy it Yet, if you want a documentary account of an epoch defining moment and the rise of unilateral foreign policy making then this is a must read Woodward attempts to put you in the shoes of the administration during and after 9 11 up until the Iraq War and on the whole he does a good job You fe [...]

    7. Eric on said:

      This book is about President Dubya and the first 100 days after September 11, 2001 It chronicles the goings on of the President and his inner circle of advisers Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Powell, Secretary of Defense Rumsfield, CIA Director Tenet, and National Security Adviser Rice How did they react to 9 11 What was their advice to the President Did they all agree with each other Woodward answers those questions and , and reveals some interesting tidbits For example, President Cl [...]

    8. Keith on said:

      On the recent 15th anniversary of 9 11 Politico Magazine published a very good story of President Bush s actions on that day From the first whispered news in the Florida classroom to his return to the White House that night, the article gave the reader the sense of what it was like aboard Air Force One with so little information at hand The Politico piece spurred my interest in what happened in the days and months following September 11 Bob Woodward s Bush At War provides a closely observed narr [...]

    9. Kelley on said:

      In Bush at War, Woodward presents a very insightful insiders view of the 9 11 and its aftermath as the Bush administration waged war against Afghanistan and debated war against Iraq Woodward s research and writing style are to be admired One never gets a hint of his own view of all what he wrote here Considering the debate that raged during this time, it s good to know that Woodward maintained his neutrality throughout I have always been intrigued with the insider perspective of this event, and [...]

    10. Ken on said:

      Very interesting I thought it was fairly non biased It frequently felt a little jumbled in terms of flow.Near the beginning of the book, Woodard made it appear as though the Bush Admin wasn t prioritizing the UBL aQ threat adequately He referenced the sequencing of the National Security Presidential Directives NSPD In particular, the one addressing aQ was number 9 Woodard states, meaning eight other matters had been formally assessed, vetted, agreed upon and signed off on as policy by the presid [...]

    11. Jacob on said:

      I thought this book would contain dramatic insight into the Bush presidency, and the decisions made immediately after 911 It was not dramatic, and I only found my interest piqued toward the end of the book Too much, Cheney said this, then Powell said this , and finally Rice said this It was a crappy situation we got into after 911, lots of good, lots of bad things happened as a result What would you have done, what would someone else have done The I read about Bush, the I sympathize with his d [...]

    12. Stefan on said:

      Bush At War is a insightful and highly readable account of President Bush s administration following September 11 Bob Woodward does an excellent job at describing the different schools of thought and management style of the key characters in the Bush government Powell s disagreement with Rumsfeld over foreign policy being one example Reading this book really helped me to grasp why the Bush administration acted the way it did and how political ideologies and personal agendas influenced the course [...]

    13. Robert Jones on said:

      Bob Woodward is very good at keeping his opinion out of the narrative This is quality journalism but that s all it really is The book focuses on the 100 days following the September 11 attacks, and the Bush administration s discussions and decision making processes It s nice to see the process from the inside, but we know how it all turned out, and I don t think Woodward offers anything too insightful, here Informative, yes Insightful, no.

    14. Alice-catherine on said:

      A fast and easy read I finished it in two nights It was super interesting and I learned a lot that I don t remember from when 9 11 happened.

    15. Kevin Hanks on said:

      Interesting account of a time period I remember quite well, from a very unique perspective The author did his best to give a blow by blow account of the time period immediately after 9 11 from the viewpoint of president Bush, and his top advisors and cabinet members He pulled from meeting transcripts and minutes, and personal interviews regarding specific events It painted the picture of what was going on in the minds of some very influential people at a time of extreme crisis Because of the peo [...]

    16. Stephen P on said:

      A very interesting profile of the Bush war war cabinet following the 9 11 attacks It was insightful to see how Bush led his team and how he used the differing opinions and competing agendas of his advisers in his decision making and leadership processes Regardless of your political perspective, this is an interesting and eye opening book.

    17. Dale on said:

      Too Slow for me I wanted him to show the whole thing a disaster like it really is Maybe it got there, with no WMD but I couldn t plug through it.

    18. Jerome on said:

      Well, given how thin this book was, and the fact that this book was almost ten years old when I first read it, I wasn t expecting loads of new information here This reads like a newspaper article.Woodward s reporting, when not uselessly asinine, fails to scratch the surface of 9 11 He makes sure to note that George Tenent and Richard Armitage met head Pakistani intelligence officials before and after 9 11, but does not note that the same official, Gen Ahmad, who was visiting the White House from [...]

    19. Samuel Maina on said:

      How I came to know about this book is I came across this link in one of the dailies businessdailyafrica BThe writer stated that bush was strategic and I want to agree In his conversations with the deputy president and the core security and intelligence team, he seemed to be able to pick their brains with the common question what do you think While admitting that most of the people around him Bush were quoting from experience and had high IQ s he had to step up and be a president.Bush caught a lo [...]

    20. Tony Cavicchi on said:

      Woodward was going to write a book about Bush s tax cuts, but the September 11th Attacks intervened, redirecting the Bush Presidency, and of course Woodward s coverage of it 15 years after the event, I can give this book a much different review than in 2002, precisely because Woodward s record of current events has passed into history and we know the results of the many choices made by Bush and his war cabinet.Powell s concerns about the political objectives and how to achieve victory in Afghani [...]

    21. Ben on said:

      I have mixed feelings about this book In terms of quality investigative reporting it is in a class by itself How Woodward got all of these people to tell him what they did is pretty incredible and a just a little troubling He meticulously recreated every meeting of the National Security Council principals from September December of 2001 which is quite a feat I got a sense of the personalities and ideas of everyone around the table and also how this affected the decisions that were made I liked h [...]

    22. Jason Phillips on said:

      I suppose you can draw whatever conclusions you want from Mr Woodward s Bush At War depending on your political slant For those considering the book, I ask you to look at it impartially it is a fascinating study into presidential decision making, and can be considered a primary source for research purposes The decision making portrayed here are those of President Bush, and despite attacks from either end of the spectrum directed at Mr Woodward, he has, as always, turned a reporter s eye to the s [...]

    23. marcus miller on said:

      From the perspective of mid 2010 as President Obama s military surge in Afghanistan gets underway one can only hope that his national security military diplomatic team works better than did that of President Bush Woodward describes Bush as acting on his instincts, his gut reactions, and his belief that he was going to shape the world Cheney just wants to kill people, then hides in his undisclosed location, Rumsfeld seems incapable of making his mind up about anything except covering his ass and [...]

    24. James Hatton on said:

      Book 1 of 3 on the subject of the Bush administration s response to September 11, 2001, and the global war on terror.September 11, 2001, actually began two days earlier when Al Qaeda operatives assassinated a key American ally, Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir That was in Afghanistan Al Qaeda was in Afghanistan, by then Their allies, the Taliban, were in Afghanistan The initial U.S response to 9 11 was in Afghanistan, against Al Qaeda and the Taliban But then, Iraq Why Iraq What happened [...]

    25. Nathan on said:

      I read this book wanting to find proof that George W Bush was evil I came to this book, just prior to the 2004 election, longing for a repeat of All the President s Men, and hoping for Bob Woodward to work his magic again and show us the evil warlock behind the curtain It didn t happen What Woodward revealed was a man who was deeply hard headed, convicted and sincere That he was tragically wrong and that people who worked for him broke laws to further his agenda seems like an idea from another d [...]

    26. Ira Livingston on said:

      I wanted to read this when it first came out The problem I have with the book, because it essentially points out that George W Bush and his war cabinet had plans about Iraq as they walked into the White House after the most controversial election in American history From there it just spirals down You realize how naive a new President is during a life changing attack, like 9 11, but how his team didn t really give him any true options on the table other than this preconceived conditions that the [...]

    27. Scott Pierce on said:

      A surprisingly pretty supportive account of the Bush administration and the tough decisions they have to make after Sept 11th.

    28. Andrew Georgiadis on said:

      So there are a number of reasons NOT to read this book at this point in time new president, a desire to free your mind from dwelling on errors of the past, an improving situation in Iraq, a possible removal of U.S forces in the next 18 months, and the way it s almost tiresome to rag on Bush in the twilight of his presidency Still, this catalogues the three months following 9 11 Every briefing, memo, backdoor conversation between Hadley and Rice, Rumsfeld and Cheney, our Special Forces on the gro [...]

    29. Christopher on said:

      A fly on the wall book of the deliberations inside the Bush Administration immediately following the 9 11 attacks though the successful toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan Iraq looms large in the shadows of the book as the Cheney Rumsfeld cabal continually advise aggressive action against any state deemed rogue Colin Powell and, less so, Condi Rice shine through as the voices of reason in an increasingly aggressive administration One negative point is a general criticism of Bob Woodward s wri [...]

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