War and Decision

  • by Douglas J. Feith
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The vindication of a public figure engulfed in controversy doesn't get more dramatic than that of the former undersecretary of defense, Douglas Feith." (New York Sun, 2/12/07)Of all the players in the planning and evolution of the Bush Administration's war on terrorism, few were more integral - or more controversial - than Douglas Feith, the chief strategist on Donald Rumsfeld's Pentagon policy team. A highly influential international policy analyst for more than a quarter century before joining the Bush Administration in 2001, Feith worked closely with Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Cheney, and President Bush in defining the U.S. response to the attacks of 9/11 - from the successful war on Afghanistan to the more challenging invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.Now, in this candid and revealing memoir, Feith - a founding member of the "neoconservative" movement and an architect of the administration's preventive strategy in the war on terrorism - offers the most in-depth and authoritative account yet of the Pentagon's evolving stance during one of the most controversial eras of American history.Drawing upon a unique trove of documents and records, this extraordinary chronicle will put the reader in the room for scores of previously unreported senior-level meetings, showing how hundreds of critical decisions were made in defense of American interests during and after the crisis of 9/11 - decisions both successful and controversial.


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Refreshing perspective

After reading and listening to numerous accounts of the Iraq War, mostly from the Left, it is refreshing to finally have an account from someone who was actually "in the loop." Clearly, the author has his own political perspective, but that is why he was recruited and became a key player in the DoD and administration during the time that key decisions where being made in the planning and conduct of the war.

Feith does an admirable job of recording key events while offering his opinions and the various, frequently opposing, points of view that contributed to the "real-time" decision making process of the War. It reminded me that we often forget that hindsight is 20/20, and when looking forward, with limited information, choosing the correct -- much less optimal -- course of action can be a difficult, if not impossible, task.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book was the author's insight to the personalities involved in making Iraq War policy and how their interactions shaped those policies. It gives listeners the feeling of being a "fly on the wall" as these "alpha-males" (and Condi) clashed and compromised.

In the past, I promised myself to "never" purchase another abridged audiobook, especially those dealing with politics. However, I must say that this was an abridged, non-fiction recording that I found; and I suspect other discerning, detail-oriented, "political junkie" listeners will find, satisfying. Further, I found the author's audiobook narrative sufficiently compelling that I have purchased the print version just to be sure that I didn't miss any important details that were omitted in the abridgement. Perhaps this is a new strategy for publishers -- a print and audio "double-play?"
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- Richard

Very worthwhile

A very good read. The fellow is very intelligent and hence makes some compelling arguments that were not articulated very well by more public figures after 9/11 and the build up to the Iraq war. No matter what side you take on the subject, to get a balanced story, this book is from one of the insiders. Historians will find this book rewarding. Read this and George Tenent's book for comparisons of the inside Washington dialogues.

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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio