Bush at War

Bush at War

by Bob Woodward
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JSauer21 More than 1 year ago
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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Woodward delivers a spellbounding account of the first days on the War on Terror that was fought with much anticipation and bungling from the White House, CIA, NSA, military on down. I read this book when it first came out and didn't understand the full implications of this books' meanings because of its reporting on the divisions between Powells' State Department and Rusmfeld's DoD. It was remarkable, like wine, that after reading you can tell that time is the only real indicator of truth. In time, we realize these two inevitably conflictual personalities will bungle the worst foreign policy disaster in American history--the Iraq War, and like children, accuse the other of the misfortune on the ground. As the ground war in Afghanistan seemed to be going so miracuously well, we clearly lost our concentration very quickly on this most critical of geopolitical regions who has a way of throwing out foreigners--such as the Soviets, Pakistanis, Mongols, Persians, the list goes on. And it seems we might be next as ISI, that most corrupt of foreign intelligence agencies, will ultimately be the nail in the coffin for the American empire, as they were for the Soviets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As you would expect,Woodward deliveres an impartial accounting of activities, strengths and weaknesses inside our national executive leadership team following September 11, 2001. It is a compelling read and reinforces the value of our First Amendment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Woodward makes the reader feel like a fly on the wall in the Oval Office during a period where many wonder if 'the principals' had lost their minds. This shows them as rational human beings carrying out the tasks assigned to them, even if some of them do have moments where passion prevails over reason. Bush, for his part, comes across as more assertive than his public image. There is also a squirrely edge to him which is disconcerting. There may well be more that went on in the immediate aftermath of 911 than what appears here, but Woodward has dug deep enough to paint a detailed picture of the planet's most powerful people at work and it is fascinating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It presents the facts, not the defending of the Bush Administration. Great book for anyone that wants to know what really happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excllent book that I would highly recommend. It provides a detailed and insightful look at how the Bush White House team reacted to the 9/11 tragedies and in the end how it began to prepare for war in Iraq. The level of detail is fascinating and the candor with which some the Bush cabinet speak is remarkable. The book is a very easy read (I read it in little over a week). Great book that I would highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS NOT ONLY WONDERFULLY WRITTEN; INFORMATIVE, ENGAGING AND EASY TO FOLLOW, IT ALSO HAS FACTUAL BACK UP BY NUMEROUS SOURCES MENTIONED THROUGHOUT THAT ARE CONSISTENT W/ ONE ANOTHER. YOU WONT FIND ANY CONCOCTED 'THEORIES' OR BIASED JOURNALISM HERE. PICK IT UP!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend the book for anyone who struggles to understand the problems facing the Middle East as well as the rest of the world. I noticed one review said it was boring,I strongly disagree maybe you should head to the front lines.. this book is informative on all the different religions, countries, and political agendas that the US has to deal with when facing a crisis of this magnitude.You also get a personal view of the different personalities that possess power in the US.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book for readers looking to get inside the White House... It is dry at parts, but there's a lot of cool anecdotes and inside info... Now I know what the acronyms FUBAR and WAG mean...hehehe. Probably not so good to read now, the material is staggeringly outdated. It was difficult to focus on Afghanistan when there were bombs going off in Baghdad at the same time... but an interesting read...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bush at War suffers from teenage crush level perspective. Steely eyed George marching thru admiring underlings where the measure of virtue is the distance from positions deemed to be "Clintonian". My problem with Woodward's book is that it makes for a boring book. Surely these events had to have more doubt and drama than this book brings to the table. You can barely stay awake for through page after page of writing and word usage that makes it difficult to tell page one from one hundred. If I hear the term "boots on the ground" one more time I might just get a pair. I'm very proud of myself and my patriotism for getting through this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As one who did not vote for George Bush and was almost always embarassed by his verbal gaffes, I found Bob Woodward's book to be an eye-opener. Assuming Mr. Woodward is truly an unbiased and non-partisan reporter of the facts, I find his interviews with and quotes of G.W. Bush to be refreshing, at the very least, and illuminating at best. The president comes off "smelling like a rose," as do certain other key members of Mr. Bush's inner circle. Contrary to my earlier impressions of the president as a tongue-tied, inarticulate pol, whose misuses and limitations of the English language were legion, I came away impressed again and again by his thoughtfulness and articulateness. So too, with George Tenet of the CIA. I remember that one of the shortcomings of Woodward's book, according to a New York Times reviewer, was that only the key players in the Bush inner circle who gave a wide berth to Woodward, came off in a favorable light. And, conversely, those who granted limited access to the author came away in a more negative or neutral light. Since I already had some pre-conceived biases as to the individuals I "liked" and those I did not, the book only served to validated those "feelings." As one who lived through Watergate, and is a contemporary of Mr. Woodward's, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and its perspective on politics in present-day Washington. As an undergraduate student in Washington, D.C.in the late sixties, I appreciated the sometimes humorous local color of "provincial," southern Washington, D.C. that Mr. Woodward paints from the vantage point of a keen fifty-something observer and a resident of the D.C. area. When I typically like a book, I seek out other titles by the same author. This case is no exception. I intend to attempt to read some of Woodward's earlier books, including -- especially -- his portrait of Fed chairman Greenspan. Having worked at the New York Fed and still familiar with specialists at the FRB, I suspect I will gain some insight from that account as well. In short, I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing.... Nothing here unless you are an ostrich searching for light. Woodward's failure comes from writing as though he owed the Bush administration for access to top political leaders. A ghostwriter for the Administration could not have done a better job. In the end, the research done amounts to no more than what could be found in newspaper accounts. The "secrets¿ revealed are little more than weak watercooler discussions among the ¿boys." Woodward has lost his opportunity for a profound historic accounting of what really happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like reading meeting minutes, this is the book for you! I found very little in this book that would be even closely considered insightful or informative, mainly a documentary of who said what at secrity council and other, high level administration meetings. Next time, I'll just watch CNN. I was hoping for a lot more from a writer of Woodward's reputation.