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By Nikoli Gogol on 12-27-07
The bookshelves are now groaning under the weight of books detailing what went wrong in Iraq.
Whatever the outcome in Iraq, there has been a continual shift in providing a rationale for the war. This book takes you back to the original justification for the attack.
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By John K. Stevens on 10-31-05
My dots are connected
James Bramford is well known for his other books on security and NSA (e.g. Puzzle Palace). He is recognized for his careful research and attention to detail. In 1983 he introduced us in the "Puzzle Palace" to the inner workings of NSA before anyone knew it even existed. That book has withstood the test of time and is now a classic - in fact I am told it is required reading by all new NSA employees.
Again in this book Bamford seems to have the facts at his fingertips - many many dots floating in outer political space for me since 9/11 and the war that just never made any sense are now connected by this book. No emotion no agenda no deck of cards - just lots of interesting facts that are easy to check. This is not a political book in fact it is equally critical of both sides. In the end the facts are both interesting and explain how we got ourselves into 9/11 and the war - it makes it understandable. The Dots are connected.
He does ramble a bit from topic to topic, but so do the dots - just fascinated by backup details on history of people and why it all came together the way it did. In the end no answers but important to understand whats happend to start.
I have never written a review and listen to and read hundreds of books feel compelled to say this book is a must listen.
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