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Woodward's analysis of President Bush's leadership style is especially fascinating. A self-described "gut player" who relies heavily on instinct, Bush comes across as a man of action continually pressing his cabinet for concrete results. The revelation that the president developed and publicly stated the so-called Bush Doctrine--the policy that the U.S. would not only go after terrorists everywhere but also those governments or groups which harbor them--without first consulting Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, or Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is particularly telling. Other principals are examined with equal scrutiny. Though National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice emerges as soft-spoken and even tentative during group meetings, it becomes clear that Bush is dependent on her for candid advice as well as for conveying his thoughts to his cabinet. The relationship between Powell and Rumsfeld (and to a lesser degree Powell and Cheney) is often strained, exposing their differences regarding how to deal with Iraq and whether coalition building or unilateralism is most appropriate. Woodward also describes how CIA director George Tenet prepared a paramilitary team to infiltrate Afghanistan to set the groundwork for invasion, and how this ushered in a new era of cooperation between the defense department and the CIA. A worthwhile and often enlightening read, this is a revealing and informative first draft of the Bush legacy. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved the book. Wanted to read it for years. Now I know what happened in the Bush administration after 9/11 and why the US went into Afghanistan and Iraq. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary S Christopher
I do not know why I am being asked to review this book. I have never bought it or read it.Published 12 months ago by Rod Petree
A welcome absence of subtext and close attention to the exigencies of various moments make Bob Woodward's "Bush At War" an excellent, often engaging touchstone for understanding... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Slokes
The obliteration of the Twin Towers was signal. The site might have been cleaned up but the dust and debris are still settling. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
Bob Woodwards inside access is very impressive. While much of the content is well known, it's interesting to read about insider accounts.Published 23 months ago by JP Herring
Rumsfeld and Cheney played our cowboy tough guy president like a fiddle. It had always puzzled me as to why we went to war against Iraq. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting, more transcription than analysis. Still, it does bear out my own feeling that Bush & Co. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Barbara Stoner
(NOTE: page numbers refer to the 387-page paperback edition.)
Early on, Woodward records Bush's famous remark to Vice President Cheney, "We're going to find out who did... Read more