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The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity Paperback – Bargain Price, April 10, 2005
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When the history of this perilous period in our national life is finally written, Joe Wilson and his book The Politics of Truth may receive credit for shedding a bright light on dark and disturbing behavior by George W. Bush and his handlers. It is worth recalling that George H. W. Bush had praised Wilson as an American hero for his work as acting ambassador to Iraq before the Gulf War. Yesterday's hero, however, becomes today's villain, under the end-justifies-the-means policies of the second Bush White House.
Wilson's book belongs on any shelf with Suskind's and Clarke's. One obvious parallel: Bush '41 - a moderate and intelligent man - felt great fondness for O'Neill, Clarke, and Wilson. Bush '43 disdains and disrespects them. Wilson gives us an account from the outside: how does the Administration glimpsed by insiders like Clarke and O'Neill affect "outsiders" like Wilson? Or Valerie Plame? Or you? Wilson's account is fired by anger and disappointment, not partisan rage. He comes across as a dedicated civil servant, non-partisan, astute. It should be read by all who care deeply for our country, and are wondering what the hell is happening to it.
One final note: The few reviewers who rate this book with one star have clearly a) not read it, or b) ... well, there is no other option, except perhaps that they work for Karl Rove.
If you're curious about the behind-the-scenes games--both abroad and domestic--that get played every day, I highly recommend this book.
Ambassador Wilson further found that Saddam couldn't have gotten yellowcake from Niger under any circumstances since production is set and regulated by an international consortium that includes several US allies. Wilson also recounts how two other investigations, one by an American Marine Corps general and another by the US Ambassador to Niger, had already investigated the Bush claim and found that it was unfounded. Thus Wilson's findings merely confirmed what the US government already knew. But why did the CIA investigate the claim three times? Because Cheney did not like the truth and kept pushing the CIA to find "evidence" for it.Read more ›
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A breath of fresh air when truth is spoken and written! Joe. Wilson writes with authority and clarity!Published 7 months ago by Ione E Porter
Regarding the world of american politics and the political game in general it is very enlightning.
I like the author's writing skills that fit to the autobiography kind of... Read more
This book was a rather pleasant surprise. After reading his wife (Valerie Plame Wilson's) book "Fair Game", I decided to read Ambassador Wilson's book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by perry man
I am looking forward to reading the real story from an expert who cited facts that Saddam didn't have the yellow cake or other materials that were needed to to make a nuclear bomb... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Frank S.
Very impressive and educational. I wish the book had been brought up to date with a chapter or two since the Scooter Libby trial and results so far of the Iraq war. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sandi
Is this the cream of our government? No wonder we are in trouble. These Liberals just cannot manage to separate politics from their work. What a traitor, whiner. Skip this one.Published 20 months ago by Marvelous Mal