"Bonini and D'Avanzo are the Woodward and Bernstein of Italian journalism. They, more than any other reporters, penetrated the Iraqi uranium fraud—one of the great, and most consequential, scams of our time."—Michael Isikoff, author Hubris
"These two reporters, authors of this book, are truth seekers who do the kind of hard, honest work that all reporters should do—find the truth and print it."—Seymour Hersh, author Chain of Command
“Probes the most enigmatic questions at the heart of the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in American history."—Craig Unger, author House of Bush, House of Saud
After George Bush pronounced the reasons behind going to war in Iraq—the infamous "sixteen words"—it was La Repubblica reporters Carlo Bonini and Giuseppe D'Avanzo who discovered that Bush's "smoking gun" evidence was fake, planted by Italy's intelligence agency, SISMI.
Now Bonini and D'Avanzo, Italy’s two most important investigative reporters, expand the story, incorporating stunning new information about international terrorism investigations and pre-war intelligence. Of particular importance are the details of a series of secret pre-war meetings in Rome between high-ranking Bush administration officials and Iranian agents.
Carlo Bonini and Giuseppe D’Avanzo work for Rome’s La Repubblica newspaper.