The Skimmer

The War Within By Bob Woodward Simon & Schuster; 487 pages

"The President rarely was the voice of realism on the Iraq War," writes Bob Woodward near the end of The War Within, his fourth volume on George W. Bush. And after seven years of reporting on the President, Woodward may well have given us his culminating judgment. In his most measured behind-the-scenes look at the White House to date, Woodward stakes out a middle ground between 2002's hagiographic Bush at War and 2006's scalding State of Denial. While Denial seethes with a barely contained anger (mostly directed at Defense Secretary...

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