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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,018 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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Bob Woodward examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to the Congress, and often to themselves in State of Denial. Woodward's third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president, through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term.

State of Denial answers the core questions: What happened after the invasion of Iraq? Why? How does Bush make decisions and manage the war that he chose to define his presidency? And, is there an achievable plan for victory? After more than three decades of reporting on national security decision making, including his two #1 national bestsellers on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bush at War and Plan of Attack, Woodward provides the fullest account, and explanation, of the road Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the White House staff have walked.

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Quotes & Awards

  • State of Denial feels all the more outraged for its measured, nonpartisan tones and relentless reporting. It is nothing less than a watershed...The full story of the Iraq War will be told by historians...This book...will be at the top of their shelves as they proceed to the altar of judgement.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Serious, densely, even exhaustively reported, and a real contribution to history...This is a primer on how the executive branch works, or rather doesn’t work, in the early years of the twenty-first century.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • State of Denial is brimming with vivid details about White House meetings, critical phone calls, intelligence reports, and military affairs...Impressively detailed and eye-opening revelations about the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq War and its aftermath.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Woodward’s book is packed with details about the gulf between the information the administration had and the picture it presented.”

    USA Today

  • “If there ever was a crystalline indictment of a president’s wartime decisions, this is it. In the third volume exploring the political carnage and bureaucratic infighting prompted by the September 11 attacks, legendary investigative journalist Woodward dissects the Bush administration’s conduct of the war in Iraq. The picture isn’t a pretty one, and Woodward’s disarming, matter-of-fact prose makes his page-turning account more powerful still...If journalism is the first page of history, then Woodward’s opus will be required reading for any would-be historians of the time.”  

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A weighty text is well executed in audiobook format with this production. Woodward’s crisp writing is perfect for an audiobook, with its brisk sentences and newspaper-style ‘5-cent words.’ Boyd Gaines reads with assuredness at a perfect pace. Gaines further aids the production by seamlessly and consistently switching voices when quoting conversations between the main actors. He captures the speaking tone and style of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and various other high officials. Woodward’s searing tale of hubris and ineptitude is deftly and nimbly translated to audiobook...Abridgment is careful, and context is well preserved. The result is an attention-grabbing production.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2007 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 2/7/2014

    " Extremely well-reported. Tough for me to get over the name of the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Angelillo | 2/2/2014

    " Woodward once again shows why he is the best in his field. The insight he provides into the Bush administrations handling of post-war Iraq is remarkable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Taruia | 1/27/2014

    " The third installment of the seemingly neverending series of books by Bob Woodward on the Bush II Administration. Whilst the second book was fairly complementary towards SecDef Rumsfeld, this current edition wasn't. Highlighting the increasing divisions between defence (or 'defense' for our US cousins) and Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld and Rice, Rumsfeld and the NSC ... well Rumsfeld and everyone really. This book wasn't the best written of the three first books, in fact it was rubbish. It felt clunky in parts and rushed in others. At least the 'Jerry Springer' moment at the end of the book wasn't as long or as boring, as in Book II. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dana | 1/23/2014

    " Shocking. Depressing. Illuminating. "

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