The author bends over backward to place all blame on a still forming administration that had been in office less than 8 months yet absolves the previous administration completely. I should have know that if the New York Times liked it the book was bound to be fatally flawed.
I know better than to expect objective well reasoned history on events that happened less than a decade before the writing. Foolishly, I bought this book anyway and paid for my mistake. The writer is just another in the "Bush lied people died" leftist chorus line with no original thought or insights to share. If you think that the murder of the people in the World Trade Center was understandable as an expression of anti-American repression or want someone to paint Islamic fanatics dealt with firmly by the Bush Administration as victims, this is the book for you. The anti-American slant is so blatant and the smearing of every member of the Bush Administration so pervasive that you quickly realize the title refers to the unending liberal campaign to indulge in Bush Derangement Syndrome - not to the serious problem we face because Islamic fanatics want to kill every person who does not think and behave exactly as they do. I quit listening half way through once I began to fantasize about water-boarding Mr. Bergen. Not scholarly history -do not waste your credits on this tripe.