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A War Against Truth: An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq Hardcover – September 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; First Edition edition (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551926881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551926889
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this relentless polemic, Canadian journalist Roberts (Smokescreen) declares his country's "actual role in the world... [is] to act as the conscience of America... it's a dirty job;but someone who speaks English has to do it." Roberts;who was in Baghdad when the U.S. first attacked, but escaped to Jordan and returned to Iraq two weeks later;takes on this duty with aplomb. But he seethes so uncontrollably with anti-Americanism that his credibility collapses under the weight of accusations, innuendo and conspiracy theories. Though he details ancient and recent history of the region and the book often comes alive with his on-the-ground reporting, the narrative is refracted through his "raging anger, and shame." Roberts dismisses American political parties as "merely window dressing" on a one-party imperialist, oligarchic state dominated by sinister institutions like the Pentagon and CIA. American citizens are cowed, and media outlets are "merely extensions of the state." As for the invasion itself;and the war on terror;these policies are part of America's "plan for world domination." Readers who get their news from sources other than Fox may, like Roberts, object to the war in Iraq, but his strident tone will alienate all but Chomsky adherents. (Oct.)
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This book moved me deeply.
Daphne O'Brien
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to gain a better appreciation of the relevant history of the Middle East and the effect of the Gulf War upon its peoples.
Jake van der Laan
The horror of the invasion is brought out with great clarity in the book.
Dr. Lee D. Carlson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have just posted a list of books relevant to citizen evaluation of whether Dick Cheney should be impeached for dereliction of duty and high crimes and misdemeanors (lying to everyone including his ward, the President), and this book is on that list.

I agree with those reviewers that are put off by the seething anger, but I would also hasten to add that seething anger is exactly the right emotion with which to view the thousands of US dead, the tens of thousands of US woundeded including more amputees than ever before in history, and the billions of angry Muslims who see America as a rogue nation.

I am, with all humility and perhaps the good fortune of timing, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction about global issues and national security. I take this book very seriously, and believe that everyone else should as well. Viewing my list "Books Relevant to Evaluating Cheney" will provide some helpful perspective. Two US Senators, and three major league Republicans have written books against Cheney, and this should carry some weight with the public.

This is a good book, worthy of everyone's consideration.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 15, 2006
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Modern neuroscience teaches that anger has a short decay time and that it requires frequent inputs to sustain itself. In reading this book, when thinking about the events in Iraq for the past fifteen years, and when listening to the dull platitudes of the yellow regime in Washington, it is very difficult not to be angry. The savagery unleashed upon Iraq, along with the jingoistic echolalia of the Western press, all contribute to a seemingly sustainable level of anger and frustration.

But anger, although motivating perhaps to a degree, by itself does not offer any constructive solutions. This book, written by a person who was "on the ground" during the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, is riddled with anger, even polluted with it. But if anger can have a moral justification, one will find such a justification in this book. When your neighborhood is invaded, when your neighbors and friends are killed, one does not usually cogitate over the reasons for these killings.

The author holds the reader's interest because of the rarity of finding first hand accounts of what was going on in Iraq before and after the invasion. It would be difficult to verify the author's account though because of the paucity of reliable information coming from Iraq. Cameras and embedded reporters are of no help in this regard, since they are forced to observe from the supervised eye of the military.

The horror of the invasion is brought out with great clarity in the book. It will probably not convince the fist-raising soldiers of the sofa to refrain from their rhetorical support of the war, but it does offer the reader a viewpoint from someone who is embedded in its carnage.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Colby Blair on March 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What was supposed to be a quick visit to the bookstore turned into an hour of page turning and the purchase of a Masterpiece thanks to the blatant honesty and cunning wit of Mr. Paul William Roberts. One often asks what makes a good author and what makes a good book. Pick up A War Against Truth and you will be enlightened by a great book from the pen of a great author. Honest, poignant, hardhitting truth seem to flow quite nicely from the pen to the page, from the page to the heart.
Be prepared to laugh, to cry and to be terrifically angry, then sit down with a copy of this book today. You will not be disappointed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Villeneuve on January 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book captured my attention like no other. PWR perfectly recreates the emotion of witnessing the American Empire rape and pillage Iraq. Hopefully it won't take too many more innocent lives before the American people learn from their mistakes.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daphne O'Brien on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book moved me deeply. It honoured the Iraqi people. Written by an author who is obviously very intelligent and humane, he writes sometimes in anger (understandably - his Iraqi friend and family were most probably "lit up" in their car near Fallujah), but mostly with a humanity and depth of understanding that left me awed.

Paul Roberts takes you into the amazing history of these wonderful, intelligent people, who have not yet lost the ability to feel another's pain, and to cry unashamedly when the pain is too great.

I have read a great deal on Iraq and its history. This is, to date, the most powerful and the most humane. Plus some very interesting little tidbits, like his discussion with Prince Faisa of Jordan. What DID happen to the Hussein brothers?

If you read no other book on Iraq, I would definitely recommend this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Canadian report Paul William Roberts spent three decades covering the Middle East and was one of the few journalist6 to have interviewed Saddam Husseun, so he knows Iraq better than those newly there - and he was in Baghdad when the bombs fell. A WAR AGAINST TRUTH: AN INTIMATE ACCOUNT OF THE INVASION OF IRAQ is thus much more than an outsider's report: it's a detailed first-person moment-by- moment account of politics, personalities and history by one who has spent most of his adult life learning and absorbing. An excellent non-American, non-Middle-East perspective is developed.
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