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Posted September 26, 2011
Can Get Boring and Hard to Read.
This book is interesting at many points, but it can get very boring. It is written as a journal, that keeps track of President George W. Bush's life almost day by day, for the days immediately following the attacks of September 11th. The book starts out very good, but that's the climax of the book. The book starts off at its climax, and just dies from that point on. The book starts out with the terrorist attack of September 11th, and is very interesting, but the rest of the book is very hard to read. It has less detail, and a lot of it is repetitive. At least half of the book is saying that Bush is either writing a speech, talking about classified information in a meeting, or traveling to a different state. There is also good information in this book as well, that is very interesting. People should read this book for that good information, and also to see the tragedy of this time in a completely new prospective. I really liked reading about this from the prospective of someone high up in the government. If you can focus on the interesting facts, like the threats and military strategies, the book is possible to get through. If you don't focus on the interesting facts, than the book could be very hard to read. The book has a lot of information in it, and can be overwhelming unless you pick out certain details. The major message is to inform the audience on what President Bush did after the attacks, but a lot of the facts are very broad and almost seem like propaganda in a lot of cases. It seems like Bob Woodward may have wrote this book to influence people to agree with his opinion. Knowing that though, if ignore the instances where you feel like you're being persuaded than you can understand the true meaning of the book. The book is about how Bush reacted to the attacks in a political, military, and executive fashion. He reacts in a political fashion by confronting the public with speeches and visits. He reacted in a military fashion by deciding to go to war right away, and creating a new strategy for war. He did this by doing a bombing campaign, and started by destroying the bottom of the loop of the Taliban and al Qaeda first. He would than work his way up to their main leaders. He reacted in an executive fashion by having multiple meetings a day, to make decisions about what to do and how to do it. This book is interesting at some points, but it can get very boring.
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Posted May 9, 2003
I read it a second time.....
I read this book a second time just to see if maybe it was any more enjoyable than the first and I can honestly say it was not. Oh well I tried. Sorry Bob.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2003
Interesting But Propagandaish
Overall, it is a pretty good book providing the story from Sept 11 to through the war on Afganistan. However, Woodward relies completely on interviews from Bush and his staff and meeting information given by them. No external verification or research is cited so it should probably be called Bush's Version of the War on Terrorism. Some key things are left out for what would appear to be political reasons. For example, it would seem obvious that Israel helped the US with intelligence and it seems likely that Bush would have consulted his father on some key decisions albeit probably without giving lots of details. Cheney's influence is downplayed which I think was intentional. Still, it's a pretty good book if taken with a grain of salt.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2003
Bob Woodward's new book "Bush at War" was somewhat interesting as a means of documenting the president's war on terror. But, what seemed to be truly dry was the writing. The subject material was interesting, however at times it seemed like Woodward hastily hacked this one out in time for the Christmas shopping season. Please Bob, try harder next time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2010
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