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Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism--from Inside the Bush White House

Sammon, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0895261499 / ISBN 13: 9780895261496
Published by Regnery Publishing, inc, Washington, DC, 2002
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viii, 400 p. Index. The author was the White House correspondent for the Washington Times. In FIGHTING BACK, journalist Bill Sammon goes behind the scenes at the White House for this report on the war against terrorism. Sammon has unprecedented access as he investigates how President George W. Bush and his team--Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Rice--plan what they call "a new kind of war. " Very good in very good dust jacket. Publisher's press release and review highlights laid in. DJ has slight wear, soiling, and edge wear. Bookseller Inventory # 58658

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Title: Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism--from ...

Publisher: Regnery Publishing, inc, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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George W., this one's for you. In Washington Times correspondent Sammon's inside account of the Bush administration's reaction to 9-11 and the resultant war on terror, readers are tendered a breathless, highly complimentary portrait of the president and an overly simplistic moral tale about the great merit and unwavering moral vision of his inner circle. What could be an extremely interesting if one-sided account is often undercut by Sammon's penchant for editorializing (Bush was "more directly affected than most Americans by the attacks themselves"; Osama bin Laden "giggled" when speaking about the attacks; and the president often "twinkles" when he speaks) and novelizing (Bush "never thought he would be so relieved to see the White House again. He scanned the magnificent curve of the South Portico...He gazed at the Rose Garden"). Nor does Sammon seem to appreciate the irony of quoting some of the president's less eloquent statements, such as: "The role of a president is to seek great objectives for the country, big goals." Sammon, author of the bestselling At Any Cost, largely writes for the converted, so the intended audience for this volume will no doubt love it. Those more skeptical of the government's policies, however, will find his narrative more hagiography than history, and will want to wait for Bob Woodward's forthcoming Bush at War, which covers the same territory from a different angle.

About the Author:

Bill Sammon is Senior White House Correspondent for The Washington Times, a political analyst for Fox News Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, At Any Cost. An award-winning investigative reporter, Sammon covered the Gore campaign in the 2000 election (including the post-election controversy in Florida), was a war correspondent in Bosnia, and has investigated political corruption at the federal, state and local levels. Bill and his wife, Becky, live in Maryland with their five children.

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