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Josiah Bunting IIIIn important ways the book recalls David Halberstam's iconic The Best and the Brightest, a vivid chronicle of how another war, even less popular than this one, was made, and by whom. The War Within's controversial revelations and contentions are numerous…But, mainly, it is a study of what happens when men and women, charged with leading the country in wartime or with counseling those who lead, do not tell each other what they really think. White House advisers are faithless to their responsibilities if they withhold their conclusions and convictions from those they serve, or from their colleagues. It is a toxicity that, by Woodward's account, infected the whole grim process…The War Within makes its case quietly and persuasively.
—The Washington Post