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Bush's March to Baghdad...

With the pacing and intrigue of a thriller, Going to War is the fullest, most detailed account yet of the U.S.-led march to war in Iraq. Veteran editor and reporter Russ Hoyle has pieced together the whole complicated story, from the Bush administration's aggressive twisting of intelligence about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to its manipulation of Congress and a compliant media in order to "sell" the war to a frightened nation.

Going to War tells one of the great cautionary tales of American history --- how the president, arousing fears and exploiting the trust of the people, persuaded Congress to support the invasion of a faraway country... Russ Hoyle tells the story with drama and detail. It's all here...
-Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Intelligence Wars

Hoyle takes us inside the White House and intelligence agencies, where we witness internal debates that took place within the Oval Office, the Office of the Vice President, the Pentagon, and the CIA after 9/11 and in the months leading up to the war. He describes the furtive steps of the White House Iraq Group--including Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Karen Hughes, and their militant neoconservative enablers--who maneuvered with Vice President Cheney to promote unfounded intelligence about Iraqi WMD and pressure the CIA to tailor its analysis to fit President Bush's war policy.

We also learn about the propaganda campaign waged by Iraqi exile leader Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress; Tony Blair's role in pushing the White House to use Saddam's WMD as a rationale for war, as revealed in classified British government documents; the behind-the- scenes story of Colin Powell's televised presentation to the United Nations in the months before the U.S.-led attack; the truth behind the Niger yellowcake affair and the administration's vendetta against Ambassador Joseph Wilson in leaking the identity of his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, as a covert CIA agent; and the grand jury investigation that led to the dramatic jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller and the conviction of Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

This is the most definitive and comprehensive portrayal to date of the forces that led us into Iraq. Hoyle helps us understand how the American public was deceived and dragged into a war whose end is nowhere in sight. Going to War tells a story that is destined to join the ranks of the great follies of U.S. diplomatic and political history.

Advance Praise for Going to War

"Going to War tells one of the great cautionary tales of American history---how the president, arousing fears and exploiting the trust of the people, persuaded Congress to support the invasion of a faraway country that posed no threat to the United States. The truth behind the deception has been spilling out for five years, and Russ Hoyle tells the story with drama and detail. It's all here---the phony intelligence, the manipulation of the press, the banging of the drum for war. How we got in is no longer a mystery, but how to get out remains."
-Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Intelligence Wars

"Until George W. Bush's Executive Order 13233, which makes presidential records secret in perpetuity, is rescinded, we are extraordinarily fortunate to have Russ Hoyle's invaluable, meticulous, and illuminating account of how the administration contrived to manipulate the nation into war. Going to War is the Iliad of Bush's march of folly to Iraq."
-Sidney Blumenthal, former political columnist for Salon and author of The Clinton Wars

"Russ Hoyle, a veteran editor and reporter, looks at the evidence and the tactics used by the Bush administration to justify the invasion of Iraq. Even those who do not agree with all of his conclusions will find the detailed reporting and arguments in this fast-paced and well-written narrative a provocative addition to an important debate."
-Walter Isaacson, former chairman and CEO of CNN and bestselling author of Einstein: His Life and Universe

"Russ Hoyle has written a detailed account of how the Bush administration misused prewar intelligence on Iraq's WMD, a subject that Congress has long promised to look into but never delivered. Mr. Hoyle also vividly describes how White House aides manipulated the media in the Valerie Wilson outing to cover up their efforts to sell Saddam's alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons. He has masterfully performed an important historical function and written a readable and thorough account into the bargain."
-Frederick P. Hitz, former Inspector General of the CIA and author of Why Spy?

About the Author

Russ Hoyle is a former senior editor at the New York Daily News, Time, and The New Republic. His interest in the run-up to the Iraq war and the weapons intelligence controversy began in 2001 at the Daily News, where he watched the 9/11 story unfold at first hand, first as deputy Sunday editor then as editor of the paper's investigative team.

News & Events

Russ Hoyle, Farmington (CT) Public Library
Wednesday June 11, 7:00 p.m.
-- Lecture, "A Cautionary Tale: How the U.S. Got Into Iraq,"