The Politics of Truth

The Politics of Truth

Inside the Lies That Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity : A Diplomat's Memoir

Book - 2004
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Through the last three presidential administrations and two wars with Iraq, no one has personally witnessed, influenced, or fueled news over more history-making events than Joseph Wilson. The last American diplomat to sit face-to-face with Saddam Hussein, he is a consummate insider who has the intelligence, principles, and independence to examine current American foreign policy and the inner workings of government and to form a candid assessment of the United States' involvement in the world. In February 2002, Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger by the CIA to investigate claims that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium in that country. Wilson's report, and two from other American officials, conclusively negated such rumors, yet all were brushed aside by the White House. Startled by the infamous words uttered by George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union Address: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa," Wilson decided to reveal the truth behind the initiation of the Iraq war. The Politics of Truth is an explosive and revelatory book by a man who stands for the accurate recording of history against those forces bent on fabricating truth.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2004.
ISBN: 9780786713783
Branch Call Number: 327.730092
Characteristics: 513 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Sep 01, 2015

There is far more to this book than the clash over truth in the runup to the second Iraq war. Wilson's long career in the diplomatic service exemplifies principled practicality. His experiences repeatedly demonstrate the dangers of ideology, not just with the incident of the yellow cake that wasn't. His thoughtful account led me to a less absolutist stand against any military intervention at all, while showing how strength really can avoid war, when used wisely.


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