With his unmatched investigative skill, Bob Woodward tells
the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush
and his top national security advisers, after the initial
shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war.
Extensive quotations from the secret deliberations of the
National Security Council -- and firsthand revelations of
the private thoughts, concerns and fears of the president
and his war cabinet -- make Bush at War an unprecedented
chronicle of a modern presidency in time of grave crisis.
Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and
four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, Bush
at War reveals Bush's sweeping, almost grandiose, vision
for remaking the world. "I'm not a textbook player, I'm a
gut player," the president said.
Woodward's virtual wiretap into the White House Situation
Room reveals a stunning group portrait of an untested
president and his advisers, three of whom might themselves
have made it to the presidency.
Vice President Dick Cheney, taciturn but hard-line, always
pressing for more urgency in Afghanistan and toward Iraq.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, the cautious diplomat and
loyal soldier, tasked with building an international
coalition in an administration prone to unilateralism.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the brainy agitator and
media star who led the military through Afghanistan and, he
hopes, through Iraq.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, the ever-
present troubleshooter who surprisingly emerges as perhaps
the president's most important adviser.
Bush at War includes a vivid portrait of CIA director
George Tenet, ready and eager for covert action against
terrorists in Afghanistan and worldwide. It follows a CIA
paramilitary team leader on a covert mission inside
Afghanistan to pay off assets and buy friends with millions
in U.S. currency carried in giant suitcases.
In Bush at War, Bob Woodward once again delivers a
reporting tour de force.