Plan of Attack

  • by Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam. Based on interviews with 75 key participants and more than three-and-a half hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush, Plan of Attack is part presidential history charting the decisions made during 16 critical months; part military history; and part a harrowing spy story as the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary team into northern Iraq six months before the start of the war.
What emerges are astonishingly intimate portraits: President Bush in war cabinet meetings and in private conversation; Dick Cheney, the focused and driven vice president; Colin Powell, the conflicted and cautious secretary of state; Donald Rumsfeld, the controlling war technocrat; George Tenet, the activist CIA director; Tommy Franks, the profane and demanding general; Condoleezza Rice, the ever-present referee and national security adviser; Karl Rove, the hands-on political strategist; other key members of the White House staff and congressional leadership; and foreign leaders ranging from British Prime Minister Blair to Russian President Putin.
Plan of Attack provides new details on the intelligence assessments of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction and the planning for the war's aftermath.

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What the Critics Say

"A serious book it is, instantly essential, matching America's most celebrated political reporter against the most secretive administration in our history. For once, a hyped product has lived up to its billing....Plan of Attack offers by far the most intimate glimpse we have been granted of the Bush White House, and, better still, a glimpse of the administration's defining moment: its war of choice against Saddam Hussein." (The New York Times)

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Rorschach Test

This is a well written and interesting book, well worth the read. I was amazed at the books subtle tone which allows neo-conservatives to see a strong president taking charge and knee-jerk liberals to see a detached simple-minded bumbler. As I read, I was astounded that the Bush reelection site would be pushing this book (it seemed to present Bush in such a poor light). So I would read the passage again and find that, with a neo-conservative mind set, the same passage could be read as a ringing endorsement of the President. Amazing writing. The down sides are the book is way too short and covers way to little. It barely gets going, and it is over.
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- Michael

no analysis

I've never read any of the author's previous books, but was surprised at how little analysis or personal opinion/perspective was offered by the author. He clearly was the ultimate reporter, just reporting the facts as he heard them. I guess I was hoping for some more editorial comment from someone so inside the beltway. Having said that, I did find it incredible that our president didn't seem to ask anyone of his cabinet if we should go to war. He just followed his "gut". A little scary. I'd hate to think all his major decisions are made with so little outside input.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio