Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

by Michael Isikoff, David Corn
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Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War by Michael Isikoff, David Corn

March 2003: The United States invades Iraq.

October 2006: The world finds out why.


What was really behind the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq? As George W. Bush steered the nation to war, who spoke the truth and who tried to hide it? Hubris takes us behind the scenes at the Bush White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress to answer all the vital questions about how the Bush administration came to invade Iraq.

Filled with new revelations, Hubris is a gripping narrative of intrigue that connects the dots between George W. Bush’s expletive-laden outbursts at Saddam Hussein, the bitter battles between the CIA and the White House, the fights within the intelligence community over Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, the startling influence of an obscure academic on top government officials, the real reason Valerie Plame was outed, and a top reporter’s ties to wily Iraqi exiles trying to start a war. Written by veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn, this is the inside story of how President Bush took the nation to war using faulty and fraudulent intelligence. It is a news-making account of conspiracy, backstabbing, bureaucratic ineptitude, journalistic malfeasance, and, especially, arrogance.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307381934
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/08/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,200,147
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Michael Isikoff is an award-winning investigative correspondent for Newsweek, a frequent guest on MSNBC and other cable news networks, and the author of the bestselling Uncovering Clinton.

David Corn is the Washington editor of The Nation and a Fox News Channel contributor. He’s the author of the bestselling The Lies of George W. Bush, the novel Deep Background, and the biography Blond Ghost.


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Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
AppalledMO More than 1 year ago
This book confirms my worst suspicions clearly. Why Bush, Cheney, & Rumsfeld aren't in jail escapes me. Bush & his administration either chose to ignore or fabricated intel. They were going to go to Iraq and after Saddam and the facts were irrelevant. And 36,000 Americans were killed or wounded. We squandered the opportunity to go to Afghanistan in force and retaliate promptly. Saddam was a bad guy to be sure. But he wasn't the first priority after 9/11. al-Qaeda was. Now we have several messes in process, that likely won't be resolved in favor to the United States. And 4,400 Americans gave all for........... A "MUST READ."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are 3 sides to a political answer. The republicans side, the democrats side and the truth. The sad truth is the truth is seldom the answer given to the American people. This book is at times confusing with all of the finger pointing. However, if you do not rush trough the book, you can keep the story line straight. It answers some questions about the war with Iraq and leaves others unanswered. There was another war that started with a few troops and then sent thousands to war. This war was even going to let the local soldiers fight their own battles but that felt through and the United States left in a hurry. I think Bush #1 had a war with the right generals to run it and he came out looking like a hero. Bush #2 wanted to be the next hero like his father and was going to go to war no matter what. The problem was the foundation for war was very weak and got weaker each day but this is my opinioin. I liked the book and I would say it is worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and documented. It does not matter if you are a ¿Rabid¿ Conservative or a ¿Bleeding¿ Liberal this book is a must read. This book details how America got into the wrong war for the wrong reasons. I suggest this book to many fellow readers
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book presents a disturbing composite of officials in the highest echelons of the US government. In essence, the premise is that officials in the White House, NSA, CIA and other government agencies responsible for the security of this nation skewed, ignored or twisted intelligence to fit their own personal and/or geopolitcal views regarding the Middle East and to support a pre-existing agenda to make war with Iraq. This premise is convincingly supported by painstaking research, including extremely revealing glimpses into the mindset of the government leaders. One of the most provocative and telling quotes is attributed to the President, who, after the Valerie Wilson debacle, was asked by one reporter what level of accountability would be imposed. The President was recounted as replying that the 2004 election was the 'accountability moment'. No one in his administration was ever fired, even after later information confirmed their ineptitude. Stylistically, the book is not the easiest read and the narrative suffers from time-shifting. However, it is a must read for those intrerested in learning about how flaws in human character shape national policy and can lead the country into war.
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If you like reading true stories about government and corruption, check out Jules Archer's The Plot to Seize the White House. It's the shocking story of the attempt to overthrow FDR. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for those who actually want facts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with revelations, this book will blow your socks off. Provides insight never before seen. All pure fact. Buy this book today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Real' inside story of the outing of Valerie Plame? Does he mean the REAL story that just broke that said that Bush and Rove had NOTHING to do with it? Somehow I doubt there will be a retraction in the book.