Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAs a participant in the early stages of Iran- contra , Ledeen offers fresh insight into Oliver North's motivations, Robert McFarlane's psychological crisis, John Poindexter's reasons for providing the president with ``deniability,'' the involvement of Israel in linking the Iran initiative with secret efforts on behalf of the contras , the role of Manucher Ghorbanifar and many other elements of interest to students of the affair. Ledeen views the subsequent congressional hearings as an inquisition that at times resembled a bullfight with an excess of goring. One of those gored was Ledeen, who claims he was slandered by both witnesses and committee members. Defending himself convincingly in these pages, he describes North's campaign to discredit him and answers the charge that he served as an agent for Israel in his role as McFarlane's envoy. Ledeen also wrote Grave New World. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library JournalLedeen, who worked for Alexander Haig and was on the White House staff as a high-level messenger and consultant during the early 1980s, here explores the environment that made the Iran-Contra connection possible. Based on his astute observations and interviews with some key participants, he concludes that Vice President Bush was not a major player; ``McFarlane first, and Poindexter later, had authorized North's activities (and North had created the impression that the President was au courant , and approved)''; the affair cannot be understood if approached as a criminal action. Well-written and strongly opinionated, this is recommended for most collections.David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz .
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