One of my favorite movies of all time is All The President’s Men. After I watched it, I read the book and as a result, Bob Woodward has become somewhat of a hero of mine. His work got me interested in both politics and journalism. His ability to unravel the complicated web of power in Washington is not easily rivaled.
I religiously buy whatever book he releases and his upcoming release, The War Within, is certainly no exception. I’ve really enjoyed his books on the Bush presidency, especially State of Denial, which is an incredibly powerful account of what one could consider the Bush administrations darkest days.
The clip above is amazing. The Bush administration has been both deeply, deeply flawed and endlessly fascinating. Reading along as Woodward illuminates its darkest corners, it breaks your heart, makes you furious and embeds in you a fear that this kind of inept leadership will again steer us this far off course.
You can read more about Bush’s planning for the “Surge” in a recent article by Woodward for the Washington Post.