Sure, you think you know it all. Bush and Cheney and Co. have screwed up the war, big time. The president doesn’t listen to any opinions that strongly differ from his own, and loyalty is seen as being a yes-man not a strong thinker. But in any case, Bob Woodward’s State of Denial is still practically a must-read for these times of dank iniquity. For one, it’s hardly a full-bore assault on the president, but more a calm cool and collected piece of reportage that goes through each moment of bone-headed thinking or time when petty rivalries trumped the national interest (lots of those) in order to figure out how exactly we ended up in the situation we’re in today. Woodward will never win points for style, but his dryness is almost an advertisement for authenticity — just the facts, ma’am. He’s even a sharp enough reporter to note that Bush does read newspapers, no matter what he says to the party faithful (which is potentially more disturbing: that his fans would prefer him to be more ignorant than he actually is). In any case, this is a book for those interested in the whole story, not just the headlines.
My review ran on PopMatters.Link.