Bush At War

Version: Abridged
Author: Bob Woodward
Narrator: James Naughton
Genres: History, Politics, North America, American Politics, Global Politics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: November 2002
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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With his unmatched investigative skill, Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war.

Extensive quotations from the secret deliberations of the National Security Council - -- and firsthand revelations of the private thoughts, concerns and fears of the president and his war cabinet - -- make "Bush at War" an unprecedented chronicle of a modern presidency in time of grave crisis.

Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, "Bush at War" reveals Bush's sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world. "I'm not a textbook player, I'm a gut player," the president said.

Woodward's virtual wiretap into the White House Situation Room reveals a stunning group portrait of an untested president and his advisers, three of whom might themselves have made it to the presidency. In "Bush at War," Bob Woodward once again delivers a reporting tour de force.

Reviews (5)

Bush at War

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on February 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is 1st in a trilogy of books on this entire conflict written by Woodward, the others being "Plan of Attack", and "State of Denial". Unfortunately, I read the 2nd before this. For that reason, I didn't find the information in this book particularly new, short of more insight on the CIA and Afghanistan isssue. It did reinforce my opinion that Colin Powell was used, largely ignored, and then discarded.

Thanks CIA, No Thanks To You, Rummy

Written by Anonymous from Woodstock, GA on December 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Bottom Line: The CIA won the war in Afghanistan, and since then the Defense Department has worked hard to lose it. This book and Woodward's second make Bush seem decisive, but his third book makes me wonder if Woodstward was just star-struck and snowed while writing the first two.

Bush at War

Written by DR JN on June 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5


Well Written but Boring

Written by Super Commuter from Austintown, OH on May 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

One could learn a lot from this book. It was very detailed, clear, and seemingly factual. It was interesting to learn about how things happened behind the scenes. I found it quite boring though since history, politics, and war are things I generaly do not find very interesting. For me it was like listening to a good teacher in a class that I just wasn't inherently interested in. I would have found it more interesting if it went a little deeper into the minds, opinions, and thoughts of key persons instead of just stating what was said and done at what meeting.

a must read

Written by Ray Blanchard from Staten Island, NY on October 6th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent book ! Makes you feel like your right in the war cabinet.

Author Details

Author Details

Woodward, Bob

"Bob Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. He has authored or co-authored eight national bestsellers: All the President's Men and The Final Days with Carl Bernstein, The Brethren with Scott Armstrong, Wired, Veil, The Commanders, The Agenda and The Choice. Woodward lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Elsa Walsh, a writer for The New Yorker."