To start a war : how the Bush Administration took America into Iraq / Robert Draper
Book | Penguin Press | 2020

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xiv, 480 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-461) 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.
Contents
Idée fixe -- A man in America -- The supervillain -- "Above all, precision!" -- The man who feared too much -- "History has called up" -- Secret lunches -- The murky paper -- The ugly duckling -- The decider, deciding -- Drumbeats -- Ballpark estimates -- The blank check -- A passing phase -- Inspectors -- The magician and the warrior -- Truth and the tellers -- Things fall apart -- Liberator -- A man in the world -- The day after.
Summary
Even after more than fifteen years it is hard to see the invasion of Iraq through the cool, considered gaze of history. Draper 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 participants who gamed the process relentlessly. The intelligence failure was comprehensive. The result is a definitive account of a collective process, arriving at evidence that would prove to be not just dubious but entirely false, driven by imagination rather than a quest for truth-- and led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and a flood tide of chaos in the Middle East that shows no signs of ebbing. -- adapted from jacket
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How the Bush Administration took America into Iraq
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Online version: Draper, Robert, To start a war New York : Penguin Press, [2020] 9780525561057 (DLC) 2020001716
ISBN
9780525561040 (hardcover)
0525561048 (hardcover)
9780525561057 electronic book
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9780525561040
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