State of Denial

  • by Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bob Woodward examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to the Congress, and often to themselves in State of Denial. Woodward's third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president, through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term. State of Denial answers the core questions: What happened after the invasion of Iraq? Why? How does Bush make decisions and manage the war that he chose to define his presidency? And, is there an achievable plan for victory? After more than three decades of reporting on national security decision making, including his two #1 national best sellers on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bush at War and Plan of Attack, Woodward provides the fullest account, and explanation, of the road Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and the White House staff have walked.

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What the Critics Say

"Mr. Woodward's first two books about the Bush administration, Bush at War and Plan of Attack, portrayed a president firmly in command and a loyal, well-run team responding to a surprise attack and the retaliation that followed. As its title indicates, State of Denial follows a very different storyline, of an administration that seemed to have only a foggy notion that early military success in Iraq had given way to resentment of the occupiers." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Concerning and hard to put down

It's taken a while to write this review. It did NOT take this long to listen to this book, however. If you have any interest in U.S. foreign policy, why we are at war, and how we've come to this place in the war, this book is an interesting insight. Written by someone who has previously supported the Bush administration's direction in Iraq, Woodward assembles information and interviews into a quite understandable explanation. Though it always helps, I would say that you do NOT need U.S. foreign policy background to understand this book. I would say "enjoy", but frankly this isn't the kind of book that you can read and "enjoy". The issues are too real!
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- Chris

I’m Tired of the Hacks, Bring Back the Wonks

As a DOD consultant who works inside the beltway, there is nothing very surprising in this book. Basically it says what most of us had been pretty sure was the case for a while now. But it’s authoritative and careful and that adds value. If fact, it's Bob Woodward at his best.

My only complaint is with the abridgment. It’s already dense and it becomes so dense you almost have to take notes in order to keep the names straight. In many ways the unabridged hardcopy is much better.
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- Kenneth "Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio