A Secret White House History 2006-2008
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: September 8, 2008
Featuring: George W. Bush
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Bob Woodward's fourth book about the Bush presidency at war
declassifies the secrets of America's political and military
involvement in Iraq. It will be essential reading for all
citizens -- and candidates -- in this election year.
As violence in Iraq reaches unnerving levels in 2006, a
second front in the war rages at the highest levels of the
Bush administration. In his fourth book on President George
W. Bush, Bob Woodward takes readers deep inside the
tensions, secret debates, unofficial backchannels, distrust
and determination within the White House, the Pentagon, the
State Department, the intelligence agencies and the U.S.
military headquarters in Iraq. With unparalleled intimacy
and detail, 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. General George Casey, the
commander in Iraq, believes that President Bush does not
understand the war and eventually concludes he has lost the
president's confidence. The Joint Chiefs of Staff also
conduct a secret strategy review that goes nowhere. On the
verge of revolt, 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
suggestions 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. A retired Army general uses his high-level
contacts to shape decisions about the war, as Bush and
Cheney use him to deliver sensitive messages outside the
chain of command.
For months, the
administration's strategy reviews continue in secret, with
no deadline and no hurry, in part because public disclosure
would harm Republicans in the November 2006 elections.
National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley tells Rice,
"We've got to do it under the radar screen because the
electoral season is so hot."
Within provides an exhaustive account of the struggles
of General David Petraeus, who takes over in Iraq during one
of the bleakest and most violent periods of the war. It
reveals how breakthroughs in military operations and
surveillance account for much of the progress as violence in
Iraq plummets in the middle of 2007.
interviewed key players, obtained dozens of
never-before-published documents, and had nearly three hours
of exclusive interviews with President Bush. The result is a
stunning, firsthand history of the years from mid-2006, when
the White House realizes the Iraq strategy is not working,
through the decision to surge another 30,000 U.S. troops in
2007, and into mid-2008, when the war becomes a fault line
in the presidential election.
Within addresses head-on questions of leadership, not
just in war but in how we are governed and the dangers of
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