'Bush At War'
By: Bob Woodward
(Hardcover / 400 Pages / Simon & Schuster / ISBN: 0743204735 / $28.00)
Description:'Bush at War' focuses on the three months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, during which the U.S. prepared for war in Afghanistan, took steps toward a preemptive strike against Iraq, intensified homeland defense, and began a well-funded CIA covert war against terrorism around the world. The narrative is classic Woodward: using his inside access to the major players, he offers a nearly day-by-day account of the decision-making processes and power battles behind the headlines.
Verdict:Bob Woodward is lucky enough to have been allowed hundreds of interviews with White House insiders. He makes his usual great effort, nicely written, to help readers get their arms around Bush's thought processes. But, what's happening is not "Bush at War". This is Americans at war. All of us. Let not yourself be deceived by some people who work at thought control in the media. This is not Bush's war. Listen, Mr. and Mrs. America, those who desire the fall of the American "empire" not only hate your government and your way of life, they actually hate YOU, personally, and want to see you and your children DEAD. Though I enjoyed Mr. Woodward's book, it is not going to help you to understand why Bush is doing what he is doing. If you want to understand Bush's thinking (and I hope you understand that you critically need to) I have no hesitation in recommending a book that was recommended to me that is excellent and an easy read for everyone by Norman Thomas Remick, 'West Point: Character Leadership Education, A Book Developed From The Readings And Writings Of Thomas Jefferson' in which West Point is metaphor for America. Bob Woodward's book is an excellent piece of journalism. Be sure to read it. But also read the Remick book if you want to wrap your arms around our President's thought processes and philosophy.
Reviewed by Gary McDermott