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A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

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The bestselling author of Body of Secrets and The Puzzle Palace presents his most hard-hitting book to date—a sweeping, authoritative, and fearless account of the failures of America’s intelligence agencies and the Bush administration’s calculated efforts to sell a war to the American people.

In The Puzzle Palace, James Bamford revealed the existence of the NSA, the largest, most secretive, and best-financed intelligence organization in the world. In Body of Secrets, he took readers inside the ultrasecret agency, charting its deeds and misdeeds from its founding in 1952 to the end of the twentieth century. Now Bamford applies his relentless investigative drive and unparalleled access to intelligence sources to produce a headline-making book about the most pressing issues of the present day.

From the mishandling of the pre-9/11 threat to the unproven claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, Bamford argues that the Bush administration has co-opted the intelligence community for its own political ends, and at the expense of American security.  Bamford makes the case that the Bush administration’s Middle East policy decisions, from overthrowing Saddam to ignoring the situation of the Palestinians, are driven by long-held beliefs and goals of an elite group of conservatives inside and outside of government.

A Pretext for War homes in on the systematic weakness that led the intelligence community to ignore or misinterpret evidence of the impending terrorist attacks of 9/11—a failure rooted in the refusal to acknowledge the central role of the Palestinian cause in igniting Arab rage against the United States.  Compounding the errors, the Bush administration’s immediate response to 9/11 was to call for an attack on Iraq, and it subsequently invented justifications for the preemptive war that has ultimately left the United States more vulnerable to terrorism.  

A Pretext for War is an unprecedented, utterly convincing exposé of the most secretive administration in history.  

Synopsis:

The best-selling author of Body of Secrets provides a provocative analysis of the serious failures of America's intelligence agencies, including their inability to predict or prevent the tragedy of September 11, and explores the Bush administration's role in co-opting the intelligence community to serve its own political ends. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford–whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency–draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating expos? of the intelligence community and the Bush administration.

A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration’s subsequent misuse of intelligence to sell preemptive war to the American people. Filled with unprecedented new revelations, from the sites of “undisclosed locations” to the actual sources of America’s Middle East policy, A Pretext for War is essential reading for anyone concerned about the security of the United States.

About the Author

JAMES BAMFORD, the author of the bestsellers Body of Secrets and The Puzzle Palace, has written extensively on national security issues, including investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Destruction — Rome — Dulles — Cleveland — Site R — Detection — Florence — Potomac — The farm — Kandahar — Alex Station — Deception — Situation room — Capitol Hill — War Room — Langley — Security Council.

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trixiemixie88, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by trixiemixie88)
i read this book for my political science class and i was amazed at all the facts this book gave. i is clear bamford did his reasearch and knew what he was talking about. i never knew that the government could keep so many secrets to the american people. from the underground bunkers do moments on 911, this book completely changed my whole perspective
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307275042
Subtitle:
9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Bamford, James
Author:
James Bamford
Subject:
History-Military - United States
Subject:
History : Military - United States
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
Politics-Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
US History-21st Century
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050510
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
480

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Iraq War (2003-)
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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Product details 480 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307275042 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The best-selling author of Body of Secrets provides a provocative analysis of the serious failures of America's intelligence agencies, including their inability to predict or prevent the tragedy of September 11, and explores the Bush administration's role in co-opting the intelligence community to serve its own political ends. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford–whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency–draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating expos? of the intelligence community and the Bush administration.

A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration’s subsequent misuse of intelligence to sell preemptive war to the American people. Filled with unprecedented new revelations, from the sites of “undisclosed locations” to the actual sources of America’s Middle East policy, A Pretext for War is essential reading for anyone concerned about the security of the United States.

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