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A Pretext for War

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A Pretext for War

9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

By James Bamford

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400030347, 480pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2005

Description

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 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.
Acclaimed author James Bamford whose classic bookThe Puzzle Palacefirst revealed the existence of the National Security Agency draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating expose of the intelligence community and the Bush administration.



About the Author
James Bamfordis the author ofBody of Secrets andThe Puzzle Palace. Hehas written on national security forThe New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and theLos Angeles Times Magazine. HisRolling Stonearticle "The Man Who Sold the War" wonthe 2006National Magazine Award for reporting. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC'sWorld News Tonight with Peter Jenningsand a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Bamford lives in Washington, D.C."


Praise For A Pretext for War

“Probably the best one-volume companion to the harrowing events in the war on terrorism since 1996.” –Time


“Highly readable and well-researched. . . . Bamford does a superb job of laying out and tying together threads of the Sept. 11 intelligence failures and their ongoing aftermath, using original research, the public record and a light, fast-paced writing touch.” –The Washington Post Book World

“A damning portrait of the country’s intelligence agencies. . . . Bamford unearths new details . . . to create a vivid, unsettling narrative. . . . Highly persuasive.” –The New York Times

"Not only contains significant new information, but also combines that information with previously known material to make . . . sense of Sept. 11 and its aftermath. . . . A vital book." –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel