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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:
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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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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