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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; Seven Stories Press 1st Ed edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583227563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583227565
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By revisiting public statements, official documents and journalistic reports from the months leading up to the Iraq invasion, de la Vega builds a legal case that President Bush and top members of his administration engaged in a conspiracy to "deceive the American public and Congress into supporting the war." Drawing on her experience as a federal prosecutor, as well as the work of scholars and legal experts, she brings a well-honed legal perspective to the issue. She presents her argument in transcript form as a hypothetical weeklong presentation to a grand jury, including extensive testimony from three fictional investigative agents. Despite her somewhat specialized approach, the author clearly defines the legal terms and issues and avoids jargon. If anything, the book feels casual and straightforward to a fault: awkward asides about room temperature and coffee breaks, meant to humanize de la Vega's hypothetical grand jurors, are contrived; in explaining some of her claims, she relies too much on an analogy to the Enron fraud. Still, whenever she focuses on the issues at hand—most compellingly in her final analysis of the administration's spurious claims about Iraq's nuclear weapons program—de la Vega makes a persuasive case. (Dec. 1)
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About the Author

ELIZABETH DE LA VEGA, a former federal prosecutor, was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis as well as a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and Branch Chief in San Jose, California. Since her retirement in 2004, she has been a regular contributor to Tomdispatch. Her articles have also appeared in the Nation, the LA Times, Salon, and Mother Jones. She is not in the Witness Protection Program.

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By decotodd on February 6, 2007
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I read Ms. De la Vega's book in two sittings -- hard to put down. She makes a clear, easy to read, convincing case that -- as most American's by now believe -- we were defrauded into the Iraq war by Bush and his administration. I am an avid reader of newspapers, so much of the information was not new to me, but it was startingly to see it all laid out. Account by account falsehoods and misleading representations, day by day, lead up to the infuriating conclusion that this war was truly a war of choice.

I disagree with the reader who stated that one's enjoyment depends on politics. This book should be required reading by every American -- our country was lead into war. We need to hold those responsible accountable. There is nothing partisan or political about the legal analysis.

Only quibble is -- as the Publisher's Review quote notes -- the attempts at humor and conversations with the grand jurors seems forced and cutesy. Stick with the facts of your case -- they are an absorbing read all alone.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Thornton on February 18, 2007
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I'm not surprised that there are a few reviewers who call the book "anti-bush". I have a feeling the people who wrote those reviews haven't even read the book. de le Vega lays out the facts that any layman with a brain could understand. The facts are all checkable & indisputable. The book is a quick read and for those of us who KNOW this administration should be prosecuted for high crimes and misdemeanors, a ray of hope that something will eventually be done. Instead of "anti-bush", let's call it "pro-justice".
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Nelson on January 16, 2007
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Shortly after this book became available, but before I became aware of it, I asked the federal prosecutor (or "AUSA" for Assistant US Attorney) we were working with at the time whether we could indict Bush & Cheney. As I expected, the question was not answered. Another member of the federal Grand Jury sharply and quickly asked me "Who would write the indictment?" Ms. de la Vega points out in the first paragraph of her Introduction that writing an indictment of Bush & Cheney is not a smart move for an AUSA to make if they wish to remain employed. Had I known of retired AUSA de la Vega's book, I might have pushed for our Grand Jury to issue our own indictment without the help of the staff of the local US Attorney's office! There just might have been 11 other jurors besides myself who would have voted in favor of such an action... While Bush's Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez would be unlikely to allow prosecution of his fellow Republicans, the issuance of an indictment by a sitting federal Grand Jury would probably garner some interesting news coverage!

Like reviewer Prall, I found a number of small errors in the text, but the criminal behavior is quite clearly defined and there is plenty of evidence to exceed the "Probable Cause" standard for issuing an indictment. On page 48 de la Vega refers to "all 24 of you". On page 238 the Grand Jury is called a "group of 25 people", which appears to be another error unless the court reporter and AUSA are included in the group! Federal Grand Juries (in my district at least) are populated with exactly 23 members, not 24 or 25. Any action taken requires 12 jurors to vote in favor. The odd number of jurors avoids tie votes.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sergio on December 5, 2006
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A peek into what would be the most critical grand jury room of our time. To the point dialogue laced with humorous banter, serve to crystallize the meticulously researched and documented facts into an enjoyable read. One of the most dire happenings in our nations history that goes by like a "who dun it." Ms. de la Vega's "just the facts Mam" style is void of the shrill and emotional rhetoric that might allow this subject matter to be dismissed as a partisan witch hunt.

Readers waiting for the next protest march to begin as well as those waking up from a six year coma should consider this required reading.

The service Ms. de la Vega has done with this work is the stuff of true patriotic heroism. I Thank Her, it remains up to the rest of us to see that this is step one not the end of the story.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Woodford on January 3, 2007
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This is a compelling book.The previous reviewer is missing the point of the book when he says "this book will not be helpful to you as it is a book about political opinion", and "your like or dislike for Bush will determine whether this book is for you". This is not a personality contest. In her indictment, Ms de la Vega clearly spells out the Federal Laws Bush has violated. This book lays it out in sequence for all to understand, despite your politics.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Chayt on December 3, 2006
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Whether you are a casual reader just beginning to explore how we got bogged down in Iraq, or a scholar seeking new insight into one of the most disastrous administrations in our history, "U.S. v. Bush" is not to be missed.

Elizabeth de la Vega has produced a tantalizing, highly readable analysis of the run up to the war in Iraq. Through the device of a fictionalized grand jury presentation, she brings the story to life without turning it into a flight of fancy. And de la Vega builds a powerful case for greater accountability and integrity in our nation's highest offices. The facts revealed in "U.S. v. Bush" are ones that, for the sake of our country, we cannot afford to ignore.
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