Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward

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Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering over two years, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.
Based on interviews with 75 key participants and more than three and a half hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush, Plan of Attack is part presidential history charting the decisions made during 16 critical months; part military history revealing precise details and the evolution of the Top Secret war planning under the restricted codeword Polo Step; and part a harrowing spy story as the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary team into northern Iraq six months before the start of the war. This team recruited 87 Iraqi spies designated with the cryptonym DB/ROCKSTARS, one of whom turned over the personnel files of all 6,000 men in Saddam Hussein's personal security organization.
What emerges are astonishingly intimate portraits: President Bush in war cabinet meetings in the White House Situation Room and the Oval Office, and in private conversation; Dick Cheney, the focused and driven vice president; Colin Powell, the conflicted and cautious secretary of state; Donald Rumsfeld, the controlling war technocrat; George Tenet, the activist CIA director; Tommy Franks, the profane and demanding general; Condoleezza Rice, the ever-present referee and national security adviser; Karl Rove, the hands-on political strategist; other key members of the White House staff and congressional leadership; and foreign leaders ranging from British Prime Minister Blair to Russian President Putin.
Plan of Attack provides new details on the intelligence assessments of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction and the planning for the war's aftermath.
 

About Bob Woodward

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Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-one years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.
 
Published April 21, 2004 by Simon & Schuster. 480 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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On April 19 - the day the American Revolution began in 1775 - Bob Woodward released ''Plan of Attack'' with a fusillade of publicity that will not soon be equaled.

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The Guardian

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But he's got enough of it - including the shiversome spectacle of Tony Blair egging Bush on down freedom's road - to make this a compelling, instructively nuanced tale: plenty of cock-ups, few heroes, too much hindsight, damn all foresight.

Apr 25 2004 | Read Full Review of Plan of Attack

The Guardian

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Those who believe Dick Cheney is the ventriloquist and Bush the dummy will be disappointed to read how hard Cheney pushed for the UN to be bypassed - and how Bush overruled him and went to the UN anyway (under pressure from Colin Powell and Blair).

May 08 2004 | Read Full Review of Plan of Attack

Publishers Weekly

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Based on exhaustive research and remarkable access to the White House, including two sessions with President Bush and more than 75 interviews with administration officials, veteran Washington Post assistant managing editor Woodward delivers an engrossing blow-by-blow of the run-up to war in Iraq.

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Publishers Weekly

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While researching this book, Woodward (All the President's Men ;

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Woodward leads this reader to one immediate conclusion: that for Bush and his Vice-President, Dick Cheney, re-election, even by the narrowest of margins, will be taken as a full endorsement of coercive diplomacy, pre-emptive military action - unilateral if necessary - and huge domestic budget def...

May 15 2004 | Read Full Review of Plan of Attack

Daily Kos

it has the My Pet Goat scene in progress - and this is important - as it simultaneously unfolds with the left side scene, with Andy Card whispering in Bush's ear.

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Large Print Reviews

As Bob Woodward reveals in Plan of Attack, Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were part of a group leading the charge to war while Secretary of State Colin Powell, General Tommy Franks, and others actively questioned the plan to invade a country that had nothing to d...

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As Bob Woodward reveals in Plan of Attack, Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were part of a group leading the charge to war while Secretary of State Colin Powell, General Tommy Franks, and others actively questioned the plan to invade a country that had nothing to d...

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Alibi

You'll recall that Woodward's 2002 book, Bush at War, discussed President Bush's response to 9-11, focusing primarily on the war in Afghanistan.

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