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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Bamford Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781415904848
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In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford—whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency—draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating exposé of the intelligence community and the Bush administration. A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration’s subsequent misuse of intelligence to sell preemptive war to the American people. Filled with unprecedented new revelations, from the sites of “undisclosed locations” to the actual sources of America’s Middle East policy, A Pretext for War is essential reading for anyone concerned about the security of the United States.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 11/14/2013

    " An interesting account of the Bush administration's gross negligence in committing the grave act of taking the nation into a "war of choice", twisting intelligence information at every step along the way to fabricate the rationale for what to date appears to have been a massive strategic blunder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 4/14/2013

    " good audio book...had learned a lot of this already in other books...still interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 12/19/2012

    " This book is an interesting look at the problems of our intelligence system, and why it has been such a problem lately. It is also full of conspiracy theories, and lot of unconnected dots that Bamford tries to pull together. Interesting, if nothing else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 11/9/2012

    " This is the best book on pre-Iraq war Washington. Gives you the personalities and the currents of thought in a fast, exciting format. Sort of the anti-Woodward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 6/26/2012

    " Important for people to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 columbialion | 6/12/2012

    " Intel expert Bamford (Body of Secrets)connects the evasive dots of the pliable CIA to alter and retrofit intelligence to justify Iraqi invasion under G W Bush "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/26/2012

    " Pretext for War gives an overview of what the American military, intelligence, and White house were doing in the space between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 8/26/2011

    " you think you know about the Iraq War, you have no idea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen | 10/10/2010

    " Worth reading for the inside look at the U.S. Intelligence Community, but sub-par foreign policy analysis... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aram | 9/19/2010

    " The first half of the book is OK, if a little too obsessed with Pentagon gadgetry. But the second half is A MUST READ for anyone who wants to understand where this Iraq quagmire came from. James Bamford doesn't pull any punches. And he has done his homework. Very convincing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/15/2010

    " Should be required reading for all future presidents and their advisors "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 columbialion | 1/16/2010

    " Intel expert Bamford (Body of Secrets)connects the evasive dots of the pliable CIA to alter and retrofit intelligence to justify Iraqi invasion under G W Bush "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen | 6/9/2009

    " Worth reading for the inside look at the U.S. Intelligence Community, but sub-par foreign policy analysis... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/30/2009

    " Should be required reading for all future presidents and their advisors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 2/3/2008

    " This is the best book on pre-Iraq war Washington. Gives you the personalities and the currents of thought in a fast, exciting format. Sort of the anti-Woodward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aram | 11/13/2007

    " The first half of the book is OK, if a little too obsessed with Pentagon gadgetry. But the second half is A MUST READ for anyone who wants to understand where this Iraq quagmire came from. James Bamford doesn't pull any punches. And he has done his homework. Very convincing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 7/8/2007

    " This book is an interesting look at the problems of our intelligence system, and why it has been such a problem lately. It is also full of conspiracy theories, and lot of unconnected dots that Bamford tries to pull together. Interesting, if nothing else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/28/2007

    " Pretext for War gives an overview of what the American military, intelligence, and White house were doing in the space between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. "

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About the Author
JAMES BAMFORD, the author of the bestsellers Body of Secrets and The Puzzle Palace, has written extensively on national security issues, including investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in Washington, D.C.
About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.