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The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity. A Diplomat's Memoir

Wilson, Joseph Carter

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ISBN 10: 078671378X / ISBN 13: 9780786713783
Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2004
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513, illus., maps, timelines, bibliography, index, minor fore-edge soiling. In this memoir, former ambassador Joseph Wilson recounts his 20-plus-year career in the Foreign Service (in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East) and the campaign that vilified him and his wife after Wilson wrote an op-ed piece that accused George W. Bush of being untruthful in Bush's 2003 State of the Union address. In his syndicated column, Robert Novak "outed" Wilson's wife, Victoria Plame, as a CIA agent. Wilson points to certain persons in the White House as the probable source of this classified information, and expresses his outrage at their motives. Wilson also includes his experiences just after the 1990 Iraq invasion of Kuwait, when he worked in the American embassy in Iraq and was the last American official to interview Saddam Hussein before the start of the first Iraq War. What comes through in this memoir is the remarkable hard work, patience, and intelligence of the career professionals in the nation's Foreign Service. Bookseller Inventory # 47518

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Title: The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That ...

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First? Edition. First? Printing.

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Through the last three presidential administrations and two wars with Iraq, no one has personally witnessed, influenced, or fueled news over more history-making events than Joseph Wilson. The last American diplomat to sit face-to-face with Saddam Hussein, he is a consummate insider who has the intelligence, principles, and independence to examine current American foreign policy and the inner workings of government and to form a candid assessment of the United States’ involvement in the world. In February 2002, Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger by the CIA to investigate claims that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium in that country. Wilson’s report, and two from other American officials, conclusively negated such rumors, yet all were brushed aside by the White House. Startled by the infamous words uttered by George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union Address: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,” Wilson decided to reveal the truth behind the initiation of the Iraq war. The Politics of Truth is an explosive and revelatory book by a man who stands for the accurate recording of history against those forces bent on fabricating truth.


While many former Bush administration officials published books airing their gripes and concerns in advance of the 2004 election, few were in a situation as personal as Joseph Wilson's. A career diplomat, he found himself working for an administration that apparently leaked information revealing his wife, Valerie Plame, to be a CIA operative soon after Wilson cast doubt on Bush's claims of Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger. When columnist Robert Novak named Plame, there was widespread speculation about who leaked the information. In The Politics of Truth, Wilson points a finger at Dick Cheney’s chief-of-staff I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby and national security aide Eliot Abrams although Wilson never really presents smoking gun evidence against them. There is little here that breaks new ground in terms of hard facts being revealed, nonetheless, Wilson's account, personal and well written, maps out the human impact of the situation in ways that major newspapers never could. Wilson's animus toward the administration is made stronger by his support of the president in the 2000 election and he held out hope that a centrist conservative approach would help America's position in the world. That scenario withered, in Wilson's mind, when the plan to invade Iraq became increasingly inevitable and, like many traditional conservatives, Wilson mourns the rise of the ideological "neo-conservatives" who shaped foreign policy. But while a true-life secret identity/betrayal story is inherently fascinating, and Wilson's indignation and scorn is powerfully delivered, there is more to recommend his book. Wilson tells of being stationed in the Persian Gulf in the days leading up to the first Gulf War, a haunting encounter with Saddam Hussein, and years of efforts to establish democracy in Africa. The Politics of Truth provides a glimpse inside the high stakes world of international intelligence and, Joseph Wilson says, that world can be vicious. --John Moe

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