“The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008”

Bob Woodward

Thanks to the end of the Bush administration, this will probably be the last book in the “Bush at War” series (the preceding volumes are “Bush at War”, “Plan of Attack”, and “State of Denial”). As usual, Woodward’s sources are fantastic. It’s basically the story of how “the surge” came about.  It’s not a pretty story.

Is there anyone, even those who supported the Iraq war, who still thinks Bush did a good job?  If there is, they need to read this book.  N only is it a dismal account of the administration’s incompetence, but it reveals the fact that Bush knew his strategy was failing long before he took action to change it.