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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Woodward Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward’s latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

Based on interviews with seventy-five key participants and more than three-and-a half hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush, Plan of Attack is part presidential history charting the decisions made during sixteen critical months; part military history; and part a harrowing spy story as the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary team into northern Iraq six months before the start of the war.

What emerges are astonishingly intimate portraits: President Bush in war cabinet meetings and in private conversation; Dick Cheney, the focused and driven vice president; Colin Powell, the conflicted and cautious secretary of state; Donald Rumsfeld, the controlling war technocrat; George Tenet, the activist CIA director; Tommy Franks, the profane and demanding general; Condoleezza Rice, the ever-present referee and national security adviser; Karl Rove, the hands-on political strategist; other key members of the White House staff and congressional leadership; and foreign leaders ranging from British Prime Minister Blair to Russian President Putin.

Plan of Attack provides new details on the intelligence assessments of Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction and the planning for the war’s aftermath.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Instantly essential...By far the most intimate glimpse we have been granted of the Bush White House, and the administration’s defining moment.”

    New York Times

  • “Bob Woodward is the most accomplished political reporter of his generation, and Plan of Attack gives us the best glimpse of life in our republican court that we are likely to have until the principals retire to their private estates and avenge themselves on their rivals by writing memoirs.”

    Washington Post

  • “A remarkable book, one that fulfills the too often ephemeral promise of what has come to be called investigative journalism....The American people seldom have been given this clear a window on their government’s most sensitive deliberations.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Richly detailed, awesomely sourced...a granular record of the nation’s march to war with Iraq, gleaned from interviews, memos, phone records, and PowerPoint presentations.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Taruia | 2/20/2014

    " The second in Bob Woodward's treatise on the various US wars (well Iraq and Afghanistan so far, but fingers crossed ... ) during the Bush II and Obama Administrations. This detailed the run up to the Iraq invasion by Bush II and was probably, twice as long as it needed to be. It nicely noted the CIA build-up to the invasion, but did seem to skate around the 'Colin Powell v everyone else' issue which was disappointing because that would have relieved the tedium somewhat. However what dropped the star rating from 3 to 2, was the self-indulgent prologue which did go on for too long and didn't appear to relate to anything. However, regardless, onward to Book Three, I go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dean | 2/17/2014

    " If you paid attention after 9/11, or more importantly if you didn't pay attention, put this on your list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jorge | 2/11/2014

    " Fascinating, but depressing. First the administration decides it wants a war. Then, it goes about rationalizing the decision and laying the groundwork for the invasion. Post-invasion, who cares if the publicly issued rationale no longer makes sense? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Timothy R. | 2/3/2014

    " My favorite memory of this book has nothing to do with what's written. When I was going through security at the Frankfurt airport a guard took my book off the X-ray conveyor belt and said in English, with a thick German accent, "Plan of Attack. It's not a real plan, is it?" "

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