Bush and War
K.P. Fabian
STATE OF DENIAL by Bob McKerrow Simon & Schuster, 2007, 560 pp., $20.00
January 2007, volume 31, No 1

Bob Woodward’s State of Denial is the third in the series Bush at War, the earlier ones being Bush at War(2002) and Plan of Attack(2004). All the three belong to the category of international bestsellers. No other contemporary author can match the ability of Woodward to make individuals in office or otherwise in the know to talk freely to him and through him to the reader and thus enabling her to understand better the state of mind of the principal decision-maker ,in this case the 43rd president Bush, and his close aides. The reader gets to know, to an extent, of their innermost thoughts, fears, calculations, prejudices, manipulations and the reasons that prompted them to do what they did. The author recounts how the father, the 41 st president, groomed his son, the then governor of Texas to be the presidential candidate.

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