The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina
When America was attacked on 9/11, its citizens almost unanimously rallied behind its new, untested president as he went to war. What they didn't know at the time was that the Bu...more
Beginning with 9/11, President Bush was given leeway by congress and the press to pursue a “war on terror”. Watching events unfold on TV, or in the newspapers, it is difficult to get a longer perspective on the marketing, and selling, of the Iraq war as a part of the war on terror. This book provides perspective, drawing on public information to provide a richly detailed account of an administration that sold a bad ide ...more
For the rest of us, there's nothing in this book that you don't already know. But by packing all of the administration's incompetence, distortions, manipulations and outright lies of the last eight years into a single volume, Frank Rich brings home how completely destructive the B ...more
Well, apparently they are and they do. This book clinches it: I have no doubt that if George Bush could run again, his minions could once again manipulate the masse ...more
If you hadn't lived through the build-up to the Iraq war and only had Rich's book as a guide, you wou ...more
Ok, this is a book review, not the opportunity for a rant. But, I suspect that one's reac ...more
Its unremittingly critical tone toward the Bush Administration puts one off. Goodness knows that the Bush Administration engaged in "Swift Boating" at the slightest provocation (i.e., if one disagree with the official Administration line), but critics might better refrain from going over the top.
Nonetheless, that said, the volume is interesting and valuable reading. By now, it is clear that much of the information used to j ...more
By Frank Rich
I’ve had this Audio book for quite a while but it took me a long time to get to it. It wasn’t because I was too busy, but I think because I was afraid to read it. The title itself provides a strong indication of what the contents might contain, and suggests the book will provide at least a summary of the author’s research that led to his conclusion. Frank Rich did not disappoint. He uses certifiable facts to build a case proving the second Bush administr ...more
"Why, of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can hope for is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war, not in Russia, not in England, not in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy ...more
Laboriously researched, the text covers the administration's Iraqi WMD claims, Bush's "Mission Accomplished" triumph, the intimidation of the press, the Swift-boating of John Kerry, and much more.
There isn't really anything new here, as it came out in 2006 and many of the stories in this timeline have already been told. Mostly this is jus ...more
Rich's book should be read by anyone concerned to remember the dubious, even malignant, presidency of ...more