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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,662 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Woodward Narrator: James Naughton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2002 ISBN: 9780743561426
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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 eleven 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. In Bush at War, Bob Woodward once again delivers a reporting tour de force.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable...Bush at War is akin to an unofficial transcript of 100 days of debate over war in Afghanistan.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Human and convincing in its telling detail.”

    Newsweek

  • “Woodward has produced the best book yet written about the September 11 terrorist attacks on America and how Bush fought back.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A work of spareness and authority...We are fortunate to have this richly detailed view of our nation’s central policy command.”

  • “A great read...Bob Woodward has unearthed important new information on the behind-the-scenes struggles that have led to success—and failure—in President Bush’s War on Terror.”

    New York Observer

  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake Gordon | 2/15/2014

    " Fairly objective. Good details of what was happening on a governmental level during September 11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taruia | 2/13/2014

    " This first in a current set of five titles detailing the various US Administrations from 9/11 onwards details the decision to attack Afghanistan by the main players in the Executive Branch of Government - Bush (II), Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Chaney et al. The book was well written as you would excpect from Woodward, without setting the world on fire. It was light on analysis (but this was to be expected to a certain extent) but he was able to interview the main protagonists giving a 'insiders' view of invasion prepartions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank toth | 2/6/2014

    " One may not care for the actors or the author of this book but it does offer an explanation of how this fool and his criminal enterprise got us into this mess. The book offers in depth analysis on how to bungle most everything. Donald Rumsfield trusted no one, had immense power and owned the presidents ear with his madness. Hardline Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice are acute players in Bush's " sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world." Only Colin Powell comes away with some repect after being duped by false information. If you like history or political writing you may take a chance on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zugaii | 1/27/2014

    " An interesting read. Makes Bush look more like someone who should not have been in power and the rest of his cabinet (except for Powell and Rice) look more like war criminals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/12/2014

    " What can be said about a commander in chief who would rather drop care packages on our enemies rather than bombs. This book could also be called at tale of intellectual paralysis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Boyd | 1/10/2014

    " This one I read at the beginning of the Iraq war... It was very complimentary of Bush, quite a change from the books he would later write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting insights into why and how we ended up where we did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/29/2013

    " Great book by Woodward. Dwells into the decision-making immediately after 9-11. He has amazing access to the President and his advisors. He rebuffs all of his praise in State of Denial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/26/2013

    " A really interesting perspective about the aftermath of 9/11 and the beginning of the war with Afghanistan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Graney | 12/16/2013

    " Bush did not buy the WMD info from CIA but pushed that issue anyway. Shame on him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 12/15/2013

    " I read this in a few sittings it was that interesting, if disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandice | 9/12/2013

    " I don't want to debate, but this book kept me in, and left me, in a state of supreme anger! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/28/2013

    " We read all Woodward's books - always a fascinating insight into "what were they thinking?" in the corridors of power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 6/19/2013

    " Bush is an a-hole. No, really--he's an a-hole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jose | 6/16/2013

    " Interesante libro para entender a este presidente. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kartik | 1/2/2013

    " Surprisingly Bush comes across as not a complete idiot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sebastian Cosgrove | 11/28/2012

    " Another good book that makes you think how the hell did this guy get elected in the first place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis | 11/10/2012

    " One of a many illuminating political-military chronicles of the post 9-11 era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Hobson | 2/15/2012

    " This is well researched and well sourced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 2/6/2012

    " Woodward's books on Bush are must-reads! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy R. | 1/10/2012

    " This book is just as readable as his others, but I felt like I didn't learn as much as I have from his previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Crader | 12/29/2011

    " I had the chance to meet President Bush just days before sending troops into Afganistan. This book outlines the work done by our special forces before the first 'troops' went in. Readers will better understand the culture of the 'Stan' countries and what it will take to win the war on terrorism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/8/2011

    " the alarming part of this is how much Colin Powell was ignored and how ready President Bush was ready for war with Iraq. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 10/10/2011

    " Very interesting to read this book years after the fact. We know so much more about what happened that a book that initially seemed to be pro-Bush now seems anti-Bush, probably a credit to its neutrality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/26/2011

    " I only got about halfway through. I kept getting frustrated that they couldn't do anything about the terrorist attack right away. Maybe I'll pick it up again at some point. I hate the political bureaucracy anyways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 8/27/2011

    " Came out one year after 9/11. Particulary interesting is the work of CIA agents on the ground in Afghanistan just 2 weeks after 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 6/5/2011

    " Hard to believe that Woodward gets access to everyone that he does. It's as if he was sitting in the room for every meeting, or present at every event. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnathan | 11/8/2010

    " Interesting. Nice to have a point for point account of what the hell was going on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 7/10/2010

    " This is well researched and well sourced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy K. | 6/21/2010

    " Informative, but Woodwards writing was so goddamn tedious that the events being depicted lacked the emotional punch that should be expected in a book on this subject matter.

    I was hoping for a right hook to the solar plexus, but all I got was a slap on the wrist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 6/8/2010

    " Very interesting to read this book years after the fact. We know so much more about what happened that a book that initially seemed to be pro-Bush now seems anti-Bush, probably a credit to its neutrality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackson | 4/18/2010

    " This is a good read. Woodward is a reporter and writes like a reporter. It is helpful to understand why Bush felt we needed to go to war. It attempts to be impartial but ultimately I do not think it succeeds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/4/2010

    " My favorite part about this book is that Karl Rove is not mentioned until page 205. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kartik | 10/24/2009

    " Surprisingly Bush comes across as not a complete idiot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 6/28/2009

    " Who else better to tell the truth! "

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About the Author
Author Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at the Washington Post, where he has worked for almost forty years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored a number of nationally bestselling nonfiction books, including Obama’s Wars, The War Within, Bush at War, and others. Before becoming a journalist, Woodward worked as a communications officer in the US Navy.

About the Narrator

James Naughton is an actor and director. He first came to prominence in the television series adaptation of the Planet of the Apes movie series of the same name. Since then, he has starred in dozens television shows and appeared in numerous Broadway plays. He is a two-time Tony Award winner, one for his performance as Sam Spade in City of Angels and the other portraying Billy Flynn in the 1997 revival of Chicago.