“Not until Circle in the Sand
has such a powerful light been thrown on the missing link in the chain of events that led from the first Gulf War to the second. . . . Riveting.” —Bill Moyers “An eye-opener. . . . A retelling of the 1990-91 Gulf crisis with the benefit of new documents and on-the-record interviews with senior officials then and now. . . . Plenty of juicy tidbits about the once and future Bushies.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Dramatically illustrates how decisions made [in 1991] foreshadowed the war in Iraq waged by the current Bush administration. . . . Illuminating.” —Booklist
(starred review)“Circle in the Sand
could as well be called ‘debacle in the sand.’ It goes to the heart of a national tragedy–how two generations of Bush family mismanagement and inept strategy in Iraq may have doomed early-21st century American policy in the Middle East.”—Kevin Phillips, author of American Theocracy
About the Author
holds a 1999 Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University; his dissertation, "Improvised Crusades," examined the first Bush Administration's use of military intervention in foreign affairs and is the basis for Circle in the Sand
. After graduation he worked as a strategic planner for Young and Rubicam until his thesis advisors Stanley Hoffman and Ernest May urged him to revisit his dissertation and turn it into a book.