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Andrew BacevichIn slightly more than 400 pages of crisp, engaging prose, [Anderson and Clayton perform a vital public service. Far more convincingly than the politicians, pundits and pollsters clogging the airways and expounding on the events of the day, Anderson and Cayton show how the United States worked itself into the predicament in which it now finds itself. To put it bluntly, here -- rather than in the abstruse writings of Leo Strauss, the maneuverings of Karl Rove or the machinations of Halliburton executives past and present -- is to be found the best explanation to date for how the Bush administration and its supporters persuaded themselves in the spring of 2003 that a preventive war to topple and democratize an oil-rich but decrepit dictatorship on the far side of the world was legitimate, necessary, eminently doable and a lofty expression of American idealism.
— The Washington Post