The War Within

  • by Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines
  • 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As violence in Iraq reaches unnerving levels in 2006, a second front in the war rages at the highest levels of the Bush administration.With unparalleled intimacy and detail, Bob Woodward takes listeners deep inside the tensions, secret debates, unofficial back channels, distrust, and determination within the White House, Pentagon, State Department, intelligence agencies, and U.S. military headquarters in Iraq.This gripping account of a president at war describes a period of distress and uncertainty within the U.S. government from 2006 through mid-2008. The White House launches a secret strategy review that excludes the military. On the verge of revolt, the Joint Chiefs of Staff also conduct a secret strategy review that goes nowhere, and they worry that the military will be blamed for a failure in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice strongly opposes a surge of additional U.S. forces and confronts the president, who replies that her suggestion would lead to failure. The president keeps his decision to fire Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld from Vice President Dick Cheney until two days before he announces it.Woodward interviewed key players, obtained dozens of never-before published documents, and had nearly three hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush. A stunning, first-hand history of the years from mid-2006, when the White House realizes the Iraq strategy is not working, into mid-2008, when the war becomes a fault line in the presidential election, The War Within addresses head-on questions of leadership, not just in war but in how we are governed and the dangers of unwarranted secrecy.

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Too short the story...

Having listened to all unabridged Bush presidential stories by Woodward, I found this abridged version of his latest book wanting in the detail I'm accustomed to from him.

BRING THE UNABRIDGED VERSION SOON!!!
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- M. Davis "BigDawgOnR1"

another disappointment

For the last 8 years, I have been waiting for Bob Woodward to once again do the courageous writing that he did back in the 1970's. I was beyond disappointed with his 'Bush At War' book because I thought he had sold his soul. He redeemed himself a bit with 'State of Denial' and so with great anticipation, I purchased 'The War Within'. Regrettably, I have to say that this book is another disappointment.

To be fair, it isn't biased like 'Bush At War' but it is drab, outdated and unimaginative. There are so many books that are much better, current and bold if you're looking for a book on the current situation in Iraq.
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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2008
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio