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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (732 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Rich, Frank Kelly Rich Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781429586627
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When America was attacked on 9/11, its citizens almost unanimously rallied behind its new, untested president as he went to war. What they didn’t know at the time was that the Bush administration’s highest priority was not to vanquish Al Qaeda but to consolidate its own power at any cost. It was a mission that could be accomplished only by a propaganda presidency in which reality was steadily replaced by a scenario of the White House’s own invention—and such was that scenario’s devious brilliance that it fashioned a second war against an enemy that did not attack America on 9/11, intimidated the Democrats into incoherence and impotence, and turned a presidential election into an irrelevant referendum on macho imagery and same-sex marriage.

As only he can, acclaimed New York Times columnist Frank Rich delivers a step-by-step chronicle of how skillfully the White House built its house of cards and how the institutions that should have exposed these fictions, the mainstream news media, were too often left powerless by the administration’s relentless attack machine, their own post-9/11 timidity, and an unending parade of self-inflicted scandals (typified by those at the New York Times). Demonstrating the candor and conviction that have made him one of our most trusted and incisive public voices, Rich brilliantly and meticulously illuminates the White House’s disturbing love affair with “truthiness,” and the ways in which a bungled war, a seemingly obscure Washington leak, and a devastating hurricane at long last revealed the man-behind-the-curtain and the story that had so effectively been sold to the nation, as god-given patriotic fact.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 Andy | 2/13/2014

    " Not much more than what Rich usually writes in the Sunday NYT, but fun nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 2/8/2014

    " So readable, so frightening, so sadly unsurprising... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charluch | 2/7/2014

    " Incisive,devastating and very funny view into Bush's lies and deceptions about Iraq- Rich puts it all together in a very entertaining fashion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bert Klimas | 2/5/2014

    " The book was actually fairly interesting with some very interesting turns of phras, but it was the kind of book I need to read in small doses. I returned it to the library after only a few chapters. I'll probably get it again in a few months. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chic2SD | 1/29/2014

    " I was going through my brother-in-laws excellent book collection and noticed this book. Thought I should give if a go.... Will report later.... Ok, reporting...Man, was this a real presidency... Man, this author really talked about how this Good ol' boy club made it all the way to the White House. Good for them I guess. Interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie Coats | 1/15/2014

    " So intelligently written, this book exposes a lot of what was behind the George Bush presidency of the last 8 years. What is astounding is how much we have become a society driven by reality-based television, and how this phenomenon has had its hand in what we've been allowed to learn about the actions and reactions of our commander in chief and the United States government. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 1/14/2014

    " Frank Rich does an excellent job of chronologically telling the enchanting story of how the corrupt and knieving administration that currently runs the world's most powerful country has managed to singlehandedly bring about the decline of the American government's credibility in oh so many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Re Heubel | 1/14/2014

    " It is by Frank Rich, so you know it is going to be good... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Duncan | 1/3/2014

    " Good perspective about the effectiveness of the Bush administration "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 12/3/2013

    " Condemnation of the Bush administration as it pertains to Katrina and 9/11. Not for Bush fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 7/9/2013

    " Good read. Frank Rich is good guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ainsley | 5/6/2013

    " This is very well-written and a quick read. There is a long, detailed, and immensely useful time line at the end of the book. It's also incredibly depressing, but sometimes it's important to read about such things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/5/2013

    " How stupid our country is, and what we are not paying attention to. That this administration will go down as one of the most incompetent and intellectually bankrupt administrations in our nation's history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/6/2012

    " I'll be honest, I gave up on this book. It was a combination of surprisingly dry writing and information that has been re-hashed so many times that I just didn't want to read about it anymore. It's gone from my shelves now, sold back to a secondhand shop. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ted Heitz | 9/29/2012

    " Weak facts and too biased to offer up a legitimate argument. Do your homework before you let this book get you worked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Mitchell | 9/26/2012

    " Satire, Satire and more satire and too bad this was all based on fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/16/2012

    " Like a walk down a very scary memory lane. Did that really happen?? Are they really that evil and is everyone else really that dumb? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/24/2012

    " Bah, Frank Rich. I think you're supposed to be my hero, but I can't stand you. I learned exactly nothing new from this book. I did, however, read the whole thing. The writing is decent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Hochstein | 11/6/2011

    " This great book really illustrates how the Bush Administration was unprepared for September 11 as well the consequences in Iraq and Katrina and just how out of touch he and his cabinet of CEO's was with the American people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LunchBagArt Hefner | 8/30/2011

    " Even if one tenth of this book is true, and the rest is partisan complaining...the Bush years were bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 5/17/2011

    " Condemnation of the Bush administration as it pertains to Katrina and 9/11. Not for Bush fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/27/2010

    " How the George W. Bush administration operated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 11/5/2010

    " Frank Rich addressed the media circus around the Bush presidency and how inaccurate reporting ruled. Very good book, very interesting, but got a little tedious by the end (probably should have read it closer to the time I bought it when the topic was more current). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ted | 10/31/2010

    " Weak facts and too biased to offer up a legitimate argument. Do your homework before you let this book get you worked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 8/30/2009

    " Satire, Satire and more satire and too bad this was all based on fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/22/2009

    " another great book exposing the atrocities of the Bush Admin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bertk | 6/20/2009

    " The book was actually fairly interesting with some very interesting turns of phras, but it was the kind of book I need to read in small doses. I returned it to the library after only a few chapters. I'll probably get it again in a few months. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LunchBagArt | 5/24/2009

    " Even if one tenth of this book is true, and the rest is partisan complaining...the Bush years were bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberto | 4/26/2009

    " Frank Rich making a detailed account of all the lies that the George W. Bush's administration came up with to justify the invasion of Iraq. An eye-opening experience. "

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