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The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich
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May 24, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, afghanistan, iraq, mainstream-us, work

A readable, well-written summary of the selling of the Iraq war to the American public, The Greatest Story is perhaps most compelling in the last third of the book, where Rich provides a side-by-side timeline of what the Bush administration knew, and what it was telling the public was true. Each item in the timeline is meticulously sourced, and the original citations of the newspaper articles, books, and reports Rich references are easily found in the footnotes to the main chapters. It makes for galling reading - some of the outright falsehoods shared by key administration officials are literally breathtaking - and it's something of a disheartening wonder that we're not more angry about it, still.

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