From Publishers Weekly
This report by Michigan Representative Conyers, senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and his staff aims to demonstrate a persistent and disturbing pattern of conduct involving the Bush Administration in the buildup to and handling of the Iraq War, as well as the domestic erosion of civil liberties—but comes too late to add much news. The authors draw on tens of thousands of sources in building their case, including government reports, legal decisions, newspapers, books, speeches, television broadcasts and online material, tallying just over 1,400 endnotes in a dense but manageable 320 pages. They also comprehensively cover the administration's role in spreading the false claim of an Iraq–al-Qaeda connection, scandals involving the torture of Iraqi prisoners, and the leaking of former CIA-officer Valerie Plame-Wilson's identity to the press. Since the bulk of the report was completed by May 2006, a brief addendum isn't enough to bring some of the material up to date (most tellingly, the text continually refers to the Republican-controlled Congress). Most readers will be better served by the more journalistic books and articles the authors use as references. (June)
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About the Author
Representative John C. Conyers Jr. has been elected to Congress twenty times by his district in Michigan. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.