Italian Letter: How the Bush Administration Used a Fake Letter to Build the Case for War in Iraq
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Italian Letter: How the Bush Administration Used a Fake Letter to Build the Case for War in Iraq

by Peter Eisner, Knut Royce
     
 

Like Barbara Tuchman's 1958 classic, The Zimmerman Telegram, about the decoded German wire that drew the United States into WWI, this explosive account by two award-winning investigative journalists traces the road to war in Iraq by following the intrigue surrounding the forged intelligence document offered as proof that the African country of Niger

Overview

Like Barbara Tuchman's 1958 classic, The Zimmerman Telegram, about the decoded German wire that drew the United States into WWI, this explosive account by two award-winning investigative journalists traces the road to war in Iraq by following the intrigue surrounding the forged intelligence document offered as proof that the African country of Niger was prepared to supply Saddam Hussein with uranium for nuclear weapons. As the next presidential election approaches and frustration over the continuing deaths in Iraq continues to mount, this page-turning narrative--now available in paperback--provides fresh insights for a nation hungry for greater understanding of the Iraq War and the letter that altered the course of contemporary history.

Editorial Reviews

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Those 16 words in the President George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union address shocked the world, but nobody on earth was more disconcerted by them than Elisabetta Burba in Rome. Almost immediately, this Italian journalist realized that the ultimate source for this assertion was a forged letter that she had passed along to American officials. A 15-minute Internet search had convinced her that document was a hoax. As the authors of this meticulously researched book note, the Bush administration continued to shore up the bogus uranium claims long after the CIA and other experts had dismissed these documents as an amateurish concoction. A marvel of muckraking.
From the Publisher

“The best account so far of one of the enduring mysteries of the Bush White House and its race to sell the Iraq war to the American public.” —Seymour Hersh, author of Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib The Italian Letter

The Italian Letter 'conveys...the duplicity, subterfuge, propaganda, and outright lies that helped sell many Americans on the need to invade Iraq. Read the book and weep for our democracy.'” —Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594865732
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

PETER EISNER is deputy foreign editor at the Washington Post. The Post's coverage of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, which he coordinated, won an award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Also author of The Freedom Line, a winner of the 2004 Christopher Award, Eisner lives in Bethesda, Maryland.



KNUT ROYCE was a major contributor to three Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in three different decades before joining the Center for Public Integrity as a senior fellow. He has won numerous journalism awards, and was named by the Washingtonian as one of the two best investigative print reporters in the nation's capital. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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