Yup, we’ve got that one

And more than one million more. Become a member today and read free for two weeks.

Read free for two weeks
With his unmatched investigative skill, Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war.
Extensive quotations from the secret deliberations of the National Security Council -- and firsthand revelations of the private thoughts, concerns and fears of the president and his war cabinet -- make Bush at War an unprecedented chronicle of a modern presidency in time of grave crisis.
Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, Bush at War reveals Bush's sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world. "I'm not a textbook player, I'm a gut player," the president said.
Woodward's virtual wiretap into the White House Situation Room reveals a stunning group portrait of an untested president and his advisers, three of whom might themselves have made it to the presidency.
Vice President Dick Cheney, taciturn but hard-line, always pressing for more urgency in Afghanistan and toward Iraq.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, the cautious diplomat and loyal soldier, tasked with building an international coalition in an administration prone to unilateralism.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the brainy agitator and media star who led the military through Afghanistan and, he hopes, through Iraq.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, the ever-present troubleshooter who surprisingly emerges as perhaps the president's most important adviser.
Bush at War includes a vivid portrait of CIA director George Tenet, ready and eager for covert action against terrorists in Afghanistan and worldwide. It follows a CIA paramilitary team leader on a covert mission inside Afghanistan to pay off assets and buy friends with millions in U.S. currency carried in giant suitcases.
In Bush at War, Bob Woodward once again delivers a reporting tour de force.

Topics: Presidents, Government, Iraq War, George W. Bush, American Government, War, Military, Politics, The CIA, Terrorism, American History, The Middle East, Washington, D.C., 2000s, Based on a True Story, Informative, Investigative Journalism, American Author, Male Author, and 21st Century

Published: Simon & Schuster on Nov 21, 2002
ISBN: 9780743215381
List price: $12.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Bush at War
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.
Clear rating

Interesting insight into the first 100 days of the US response to the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Amazing difference in the responses between the US Armed Forces and the CIA.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Interesting insight into the first 100 days of the US response to the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Amazing difference in the responses between the US Armed Forces and the CIA.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Even with my reservations about Woodward the journalist, I found his Bush at War offered a valuable insight into how the NSC and the Bush Administration operated between September 11th and late 2002. Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with some of the comments from principles whose policies toward Iraq I find deplorable, yet they got the immediate response correct. The means employed in Afghanistan seemed correct and proper given the reality of the country at the time (regardless of how things are continuing to deteriorate as attention continues to concentrate elsewhere).Nonetheless, much of the time I found myself wondering why Gary's advice--CIA operative on the ground--did not travel up the chain of command? It seemed like, as many NSC committees apparently do, this NSC group spent a lot of time arguing the same points continuously rather than seeking new information from the ground proactively in an effort to move the process forward. The more I read about the working of the NSC, the more I understand where the bureaucratic political theorists come from. This is just a group of people working with varied tools and beliefs to solve complex problems--something duplicated in numerous organizations everywhere. Understanding this process and how to game it correctly seems to contain a piece of the puzzle to understanding foreign policy formation in the U.S.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Even with my reservations about Woodward the journalist, I found his Bush at War offered a valuable insight into how the NSC and the Bush Administration operated between September 11th and late 2002. Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with some of the comments from principles whose policies toward Iraq I find deplorable, yet they got the immediate response correct. The means employed in Afghanistan seemed correct and proper given the reality of the country at the time (regardless of how things are continuing to deteriorate as attention continues to concentrate elsewhere).Nonetheless, much of the time I found myself wondering why Gary's advice--CIA operative on the ground--did not travel up the chain of command? It seemed like, as many NSC committees apparently do, this NSC group spent a lot of time arguing the same points continuously rather than seeking new information from the ground proactively in an effort to move the process forward. The more I read about the working of the NSC, the more I understand where the bureaucratic political theorists come from. This is just a group of people working with varied tools and beliefs to solve complex problems--something duplicated in numerous organizations everywhere. Understanding this process and how to game it correctly seems to contain a piece of the puzzle to understanding foreign policy formation in the U.S.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Woodward's inside account of the Bush White House in the moments after 9/11.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Woodward's inside account of the Bush White House in the moments after 9/11.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
"Objective journalism" is a non sequitor, at least in this decade of what passes for journalism. I think it's not only foolish but also dangerous to believe that any journalist writes about his or her subject in an unbiased way, yet I have read reviews of this book which praise this book for exactly that: "conscienciously fair" is one of my particular favorites. Bob Woodward is no fan of the right, no fan of Bush or his administration, and no fan of the Iraq war. No references for Woodward's "facts" or assertions are included in the book. You make the call.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Bob Woodward was given incredible access to the key players - including four hours with President Bush - and the book moves through the first 100 days after 9/11 as one would expect a news reporter to travel . . . facts, no analysis or speculation. Seven years has not been enough time to allow history to shadow the reality - Bob Woodward revealed Richard Nixon to be a genius by comparison . . .read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
"Objective journalism" is a non sequitor, at least in this decade of what passes for journalism. I think it's not only foolish but also dangerous to believe that any journalist writes about his or her subject in an unbiased way, yet I have read reviews of this book which praise this book for exactly that: "conscienciously fair" is one of my particular favorites. Bob Woodward is no fan of the right, no fan of Bush or his administration, and no fan of the Iraq war. No references for Woodward's "facts" or assertions are included in the book. You make the call.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Bob Woodward was given incredible access to the key players - including four hours with President Bush - and the book moves through the first 100 days after 9/11 as one would expect a news reporter to travel . . . facts, no analysis or speculation. Seven years has not been enough time to allow history to shadow the reality - Bob Woodward revealed Richard Nixon to be a genius by comparison . . .read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An interesting look at the personalities and interactions in the highest government levels dealing with the 9/11 attack and the buildup and invasion of Afghanistan. It is interesting after living through the events to be able to take a step back from the images in ones head and look at what was going on in the government and other countries around the world.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An interesting look at the personalities and interactions in the highest government levels dealing with the 9/11 attack and the buildup and invasion of Afghanistan. It is interesting after living through the events to be able to take a step back from the images in ones head and look at what was going on in the government and other countries around the world.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Although this is not Woodward's intention, I feel that he has gathered more evidence that something approaching a due process and the best of intentions existed in the decision to conduct warfare. In these post-Constitutional days, this may be the best we can hope for. As the behemoth lurches towards war on the other side of the world, Bush focused the intentions of the principals to direct their ire against American enemies. While we would have hoped for the strikeout blow that would have taken Al Qaeda out, the various American agencies, Pentagon, CIA, White House et. al. pounded back as quickly as can be expected. A less decisive President would have allowed America open to additional attacks and would have lowered the view of the U.S. in the remainder of the world by not striking back at its enemies.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Read all reviews

Reviews

Interesting insight into the first 100 days of the US response to the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Amazing difference in the responses between the US Armed Forces and the CIA.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Interesting insight into the first 100 days of the US response to the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Amazing difference in the responses between the US Armed Forces and the CIA.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Even with my reservations about Woodward the journalist, I found his Bush at War offered a valuable insight into how the NSC and the Bush Administration operated between September 11th and late 2002. Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with some of the comments from principles whose policies toward Iraq I find deplorable, yet they got the immediate response correct. The means employed in Afghanistan seemed correct and proper given the reality of the country at the time (regardless of how things are continuing to deteriorate as attention continues to concentrate elsewhere).Nonetheless, much of the time I found myself wondering why Gary's advice--CIA operative on the ground--did not travel up the chain of command? It seemed like, as many NSC committees apparently do, this NSC group spent a lot of time arguing the same points continuously rather than seeking new information from the ground proactively in an effort to move the process forward. The more I read about the working of the NSC, the more I understand where the bureaucratic political theorists come from. This is just a group of people working with varied tools and beliefs to solve complex problems--something duplicated in numerous organizations everywhere. Understanding this process and how to game it correctly seems to contain a piece of the puzzle to understanding foreign policy formation in the U.S.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Even with my reservations about Woodward the journalist, I found his Bush at War offered a valuable insight into how the NSC and the Bush Administration operated between September 11th and late 2002. Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with some of the comments from principles whose policies toward Iraq I find deplorable, yet they got the immediate response correct. The means employed in Afghanistan seemed correct and proper given the reality of the country at the time (regardless of how things are continuing to deteriorate as attention continues to concentrate elsewhere).Nonetheless, much of the time I found myself wondering why Gary's advice--CIA operative on the ground--did not travel up the chain of command? It seemed like, as many NSC committees apparently do, this NSC group spent a lot of time arguing the same points continuously rather than seeking new information from the ground proactively in an effort to move the process forward. The more I read about the working of the NSC, the more I understand where the bureaucratic political theorists come from. This is just a group of people working with varied tools and beliefs to solve complex problems--something duplicated in numerous organizations everywhere. Understanding this process and how to game it correctly seems to contain a piece of the puzzle to understanding foreign policy formation in the U.S.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Woodward's inside account of the Bush White House in the moments after 9/11.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Woodward's inside account of the Bush White House in the moments after 9/11.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
"Objective journalism" is a non sequitor, at least in this decade of what passes for journalism. I think it's not only foolish but also dangerous to believe that any journalist writes about his or her subject in an unbiased way, yet I have read reviews of this book which praise this book for exactly that: "conscienciously fair" is one of my particular favorites. Bob Woodward is no fan of the right, no fan of Bush or his administration, and no fan of the Iraq war. No references for Woodward's "facts" or assertions are included in the book. You make the call.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Bob Woodward was given incredible access to the key players - including four hours with President Bush - and the book moves through the first 100 days after 9/11 as one would expect a news reporter to travel . . . facts, no analysis or speculation. Seven years has not been enough time to allow history to shadow the reality - Bob Woodward revealed Richard Nixon to be a genius by comparison . . .
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
"Objective journalism" is a non sequitor, at least in this decade of what passes for journalism. I think it's not only foolish but also dangerous to believe that any journalist writes about his or her subject in an unbiased way, yet I have read reviews of this book which praise this book for exactly that: "conscienciously fair" is one of my particular favorites. Bob Woodward is no fan of the right, no fan of Bush or his administration, and no fan of the Iraq war. No references for Woodward's "facts" or assertions are included in the book. You make the call.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Bob Woodward was given incredible access to the key players - including four hours with President Bush - and the book moves through the first 100 days after 9/11 as one would expect a news reporter to travel . . . facts, no analysis or speculation. Seven years has not been enough time to allow history to shadow the reality - Bob Woodward revealed Richard Nixon to be a genius by comparison . . .
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An interesting look at the personalities and interactions in the highest government levels dealing with the 9/11 attack and the buildup and invasion of Afghanistan. It is interesting after living through the events to be able to take a step back from the images in ones head and look at what was going on in the government and other countries around the world.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An interesting look at the personalities and interactions in the highest government levels dealing with the 9/11 attack and the buildup and invasion of Afghanistan. It is interesting after living through the events to be able to take a step back from the images in ones head and look at what was going on in the government and other countries around the world.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Although this is not Woodward's intention, I feel that he has gathered more evidence that something approaching a due process and the best of intentions existed in the decision to conduct warfare. In these post-Constitutional days, this may be the best we can hope for. As the behemoth lurches towards war on the other side of the world, Bush focused the intentions of the principals to direct their ire against American enemies. While we would have hoped for the strikeout blow that would have taken Al Qaeda out, the various American agencies, Pentagon, CIA, White House et. al. pounded back as quickly as can be expected. A less decisive President would have allowed America open to additional attacks and would have lowered the view of the U.S. in the remainder of the world by not striking back at its enemies.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Load more
scribd