PLAN OF ATTACK
By Bob Woodward
[pounds sterling]18.99 Simon & Schuster
Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council and allies launched a pre-emptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision-making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes manoeuvring over two years, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.
Based on interviews with 75 key participants and more than three-and-a-half hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush, Plan of Attack is part presidential history charting the decisions made during 16 critical months; part military history revealing precise details and the evolution of the top-secret war planning under the restricted codeword Polo Step; and part a harrowing spy story as the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary team into northern Iraq six months before the war.
This team recruited 87 Iraqi spies designated with the cryptonym DB/ROCKSTARS, one of whom turned over the files of all 6,000 men in Saddam Hussein's personal security organisation.
What emerges are astonishingly...