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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 – May 11, 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.
If you're curious about the behind-the-scenes games--both abroad and domestic--that get played every day, I highly recommend this book.
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.
It is not news to those who have been paying attention that the Bush administration values loyalty far more than integrity or ability. That is why a convicted Iran Contra felon runs Middle East policy (which is such a great success) and Paul O'Neil was the first to leave the cabinet.
Wilson's book is so valuable because it so clearly demonstrates that administration strategy consists not just of defensive measures like hiding behind a veil of secrecy and surrounding itself with loyalists. It shows they are such extremists that there is an offensive strategy that is unprecedented in its viciousness. Anyone who dares speak the truth does so at his or her own peril as the White House is not above violating the law and harming national security in order to retaliate against those who do not parrot the party line.
The book is also extremely useful because it describes what many a diplomatic career is really like. It is not all cookie pushing by stripped pants diplomats in European capitals. It is hard, often unglamorous and dangerous work in the remote corners of the third world. There are those, like Joe Wilson, who are proud to serve their country in this manner and willingly accepted the risks and hardships in order to do so.
Some may be discouraged by the reaction of the White House to Wilson's revelation that the story of Iraq buying uranium from Niger was a lie.Read more ›
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This is a useful introduction to the history of the invasion of Iraq. I have not finished reading it as it is a hard read and distressing.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Nall
A breath of fresh air when truth is spoken and written! Joe. Wilson writes with authority and clarity!Published 13 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 17 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 23 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 on July 28, 2014 by Sandi