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Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq Paperback – September, 2004

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Trudy Rubin is the foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and a member of The Inquirer's editorial board. Her column appears twice weekly in The Inquirer and runs regularly in mayy other newspapers around the United States. A foreign policy pundit who actually goes to the was zones (Lebanon, Bosnia, Chechnya, the West Bank and Gaza, and now Iraq), Rubin is a former foreign correspondent who was one of the few women journalists to cover the Lebanon war in the early 80s. Prior to joining The Inquirer in 1983, she was Middle East correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitor, covering Israel and the Arab world, and lived in Jerusalem and Beirut. Previously, she was a staff writer on American politics for The Economist of London. A graduate of Smith College and The London School of Economics, Rubin lives with her husband in Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Philadelphia Inquirer (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588220176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588220172
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,787,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Swartz-Lloyd on October 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Basing her information on interviews with individuals throughout the Middle East, Trudy Rubin is not an armchair pundit. In addition to her most intelligent analysis, there is a sense of danger, as a reader follows her boldly foraging in Iraq. Her knowledge of the people and places in the Middle East imbue her writing with solid, factual common sense. Both candidates would do well to read through this book.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beeps on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the book for all of us looking for a clear explanation of what is really happening in Iraq, why it is happening, and what can be done about it. Journalist Trudy Rubin succinctly describes how the Bush administration's illusions got the US into this occupation, why there is an anti-American insurgency, and why reconstruction of Iraq is going so badly. "Willful Blindness" is a commentary on the Bush administration, but it is also a useful guide for every American no matter how the election goes in November.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul L. Rathblott on October 3, 2004
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An excellent review of where we went wrong in Iraq, and might have avoided if we had our eyes open to available information. People looking to see which candidate might solve this problem must read this book; they will gain tremendous insight.
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