Synopses & Reviews
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 would be to consolidate its own power at any cost. As only he can, New York Times columnist Frank Rich brilliantly and meticulously illuminates the White House's disturbing love affair with "truthiness." His step-by-step chronicle shows how the nation was misled into war in Iraq and how the bungled aftermath, a Washington leak, and a devastating hurricane at long last revealed the lies in a story that had been so effectively sold to the nation as God-given patriotic fact.
"Occasionally the right man is at just the right place at exactly the right time.... Frank Rich is that man.... A shrewdly observed and reasoned explanation of the motives behind all this horrifically destructive deceit." -Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
"Frank Rich has the perfect credentials for writing an account of the Bush administration, which has done so much to blur the lines between politics and show business." -Ian Buruma, The New York Times Book Review
"A gripping, witty and devastating indictment of President Bush's reliance on public relations to market his Iraq and counterterrorism policies." -The Washington Post
"Fierce and uncompromising." -Time Out "An incisive assault on the administration's message control and word games." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Destined to enjoy a healthy shelf life." -The New York Times
A "New York Times" columnist reviews the trajectory of fictions spun by the Bush administration from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, revealing the most brilliant spin campaign ever conducted.
Demonstrating the candor and conviction that have made him one of our most trusted and incisive public voices, The New York Times
columnist Frank Rich brilliantly and meticulously illuminates the Bush administration?s disturbing love affair with ?truthiness.? Rich?s step-by-step chronicle shows how, in the wake of 9/11, a propaganda president and his advisors misled a nation into war in Iraq and how the bungled aftermath, a Washington leak, and a devastating hurricane at long last revealed the lies in a story that had been so effectively sold to the nation as God-given patriotic fact.
About the Author
Frank Rich became a New York Times op-ed columnist in 1994 after serving for thirteen years as the newspaper's chief drama critic. He has written about culture and politics for many publications and was on the staff of Time, the New York Post, and New Times magazine after starting his career as a founding editor of The Richmond Mercury, a weekly newspaper, in the early 1970s. He is the author of Ghost Light, a childhood memoir; Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980- 1993; and The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson, coauthored with Lisa Aronson. A native of Washington, D.C., he lives in Manhattan with his wife, the author Alex Witchel, who is a reporter for The New York Times.