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Title To start a war : how the Bush Administration took America into Iraq / Robert Draper.
Author Draper, Robert, author.
Publication New York : Penguin Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 480 pages)
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Even now, after more than fifteen years, it is hard to see the invasion of Iraq through the cool, considered gaze of history. For too many people, the damage is still too palpable, and still unfolding. Most of the major players in that decision are still with us, and few are not haunted by it, in one way or another. Perhaps that combination, the passage of the years and the still unresolved trauma, explains why so many protagonists opened up so fully for the first time to Robert Draper. Draper's prodigious reporting has yielded scores of important new revelations, from the important to the merely absurd. As a whole, the book paints a vivid and indelible picture of a decision-making process that was fatally compromised, by a combination of post-9/11 fear and paranoia, rank naïveté, craven groupthink, and a set of actors with idées fixes who gamed the process relentlessly. Everything was believed; nothing was true. The intelligence failure was comprehensive. Draper's fair-mindedness and deep understanding of the principal actors suffuse his account, as does a storytelling genius that is close to sorcery. No one is cheap-shotted here, which makes the ultimate conclusion all the more damning. In the spirit of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August and Marc Bloch's Strange Defeat, To Start A War will stand as the definitive account of a collective process that arrived at evidence that would prove to be not just dubious but entirely false, driven by imagination rather than a quest for truth--evidence to drive a verdict that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and a flood tide of chaos in the Middle East that shows no signs of ebbing"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 30, 2020).
Subject Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- -- Military leadership.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Causes.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Decision making.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Military Policy.
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- (OCoLC)fst00363849
Command of troops. (OCoLC)fst00869220
Decision making. (OCoLC)fst00889035
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
War -- Causes. (OCoLC)fst01170331
Iraq. (OCoLC)fst01205757
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Iraq War (2003-2011) (OCoLC)fst01802311
2001-2011
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Alt Title How the Bush Administration took America into Iraq
Related To Print version: Draper, Robert. To start a war New York : Penguin Press, [2020] 9780525561040 (DLC) 2020001715
ISBN 0525561056 electronic book
9780525561057 (electronic bk.)

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