The bestselling author of "Body of Secrets" and "The Puzzle Palace" presents a sweeping, authoritative, and fearless account of the failures of America's intelligence agencies and the Bush administration's calculated efforts to sell a war to the American people.The bestselling author of "Body of Secrets" and "The Puzzle Palace" presents a sweeping, authoritative, and fearless account of the failures of America's intelligence agencies and the Bush administration's calculated efforts to sell a war to the American people.Read Less
New. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 480 p. Audience: General/trade. Shipping upgrade! Order processed within minutes of your purchase! In business since 1975! The best-selling author of Body of Secrets provides a provocative analysis of the serious failures of America's intelligence agencies, including their inability to predict or prevent the tragedy of September 11, and explores the Bush administration's role in co-opting the intelligence community to serve its own political ends.
Bamford sorts through the confusion of 9/11 and reports the events leading up to and following the attack with terrifying clarity. I thought I remembered 9/11 until I read this book and found there was much I did not know. What Bamford describes is not always pleasant, but the truth rarely is.
Aug 28, 2007
False basis for war
This book discusses the abuse of intelligence by recent administrations. Under some the main problem was not providing the funds and leadership. During other administrations (the current one) American intelligence agencies were used to provide cover for what can best be described as ?private? intelligence agencies. I find it interesting the recent CIA report comes to conclusions similar to those of the author. In Chapter 4, and earlier, the author discusses alternate sites for government in case of need. This was the Cold War and people were concerned with the Continuity of Government (as they are now). He goes on to compare the flight of Bush to a military base in the middle of the country, rather than back to Washington with that of LBJ after the Kennedy assassination. Many of the failures surrounding 9/11 were the result of human foibles, e.g., Tenet?s failure to back words with action and the head of CIA?s OBL division taking trips instead of leading the division. This is one part of the book. The other is more sinister. While under Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton the intelligence agencies were not supported properly, it is under Bush (43) that the executive has tried to force the intelligence to support policy. This book supports the thesis that Bush/Cheney/ Rove and company had decided to invade Iraq from even before the 2000 election. All they needed was a pretext, even if that pretext turned out to be fictional.
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