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Former US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind on this edition of Fresh Air. The two have collaborated on the new book, The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill. The book chronicles his nearly two years with the Bush administration. O'Neill was the administration's top economic official and a principal of the National Security Council. The book has created a firestorm because of O'Neill's assertion that President Bush was intent on invading Iraq as soon as he took office, nine months before 9/11. O'Neill also criticizes Bush for his "disengagement" at important cabinet meetings. The book draws on O'Neill's account as well as other high-level officials and relies on thousands of internal documents. Ron Suskind was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter and won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing while there. He's also the author of the best-selling book, A Hope in the Unseen. (Broadcast Date: January 14, 2004)

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