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Bush's War For Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People

ISBN: 978-0-471-48385-4
400 pages
March 2004


A news-breaking exposé of the Bush administration's rush to war, from the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Bush's Brain
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes account, veteran journalist James Moore reveals how the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a key goal of the Bush administration from the very beginning-and a critical component of the president's reelection strategy. Drawing on high-level sources inside the administration and the military, Moore weaves together a multifaceted narrative that probes the political underpinnings of the administration's push for an Iraq war, exposes efforts during the war (and after) to manipulate perceptions of U.S. military success, and contrasts it all to the ultimate price paid by soldiers duped into believing they were fighting for a just cause, not for political gain.
Moore takes us inside strategy meetings at the White House and the Pentagon, revealing the political calculus behind critical military decisions. He examines the administration's unprecedented efforts to control an d withhold information, including in-depth discussions with Joseph C. Wilson, husband of Valerie Plame, the CIA operative allegedly exposed by Karl Rove. Moore also gives us an uncensored view of combat in Iraq, reporting opinions of a senior Air Force source and troops on the ground; he shows how the war's first American casualty actually died, and reveals what really happened to Jessica Lynch's unit.
Finally, Moore uncovers what might be in store if Bush wins reelection: the use of Iraq as a forward base in the fight against terrorism, and where the war may go next. Publishing at the height of the presidential election season next spring, Bush's War for Reelection is sure to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note.


1. No Guns, No Glory.

2. A Beautiful Lie.

3. Boys at War.

4. A Few Young Men.

5. Pioneers of a Warless World.

6. The Awful Power.


7. Rewards of Service.

8. Bird of Pray.

9. The Ghost Soldier.

10. Flying Colors.

11. A Congressman’s Son.

12. Men Such as These.


13. Memorial Days.

14. At War with Mr. Wilson.

15. Soldier Down.

16. The Pokorney Girls.

Epilogue : Johnny Came Home.

A Letter to the President from the Father of a Fallen Marine.




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Author Information

JAMES MOORE is an Emmy Award—winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience. Moore is also the author—along with Wayne Slater—of the New York Times bestseller Bush's Brain, also published by Wiley. He has traveled extensively on every Presidential campaign since 1976. His reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS. His professional honors include: an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the Individual Broadcast Achievement Award from the Texas Headliners' Foundation.
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"...a compelling expose of the conflict with Iraq and the political effort to help George W. Bush win a second term in office." (Prospect, March 2004)
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