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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but sensationalist at times!, 22 Feb 2005
This review is from: House of Bush House of Saud (Paperback)
This work is a solid piece of investigative journalism and provides the basis for one of the best movies of last year, Fahrenheit 9/11. The sources were generally very good and well used.
There were however a few discrepancies between the text and other sources (i.e. The 9/11 Commission Report). This book was published prior to the completion of the 9/11 Commission Report and there are some glaring contradictions between the two.
My charge of sensationalism is due to first hand (primary source) knowledge of a particular aspect of the text. Chapter 12 (page 191) talks of Dr. Condelezza Rice's tenure as a director of Chevron and in particular that she had a company vessel named after her. The author by suggesting that Chevron "quietly renamed the ship Altair Voyager." gives the impression of a subterfuge or covert action. I can refute this claim as I was one of the officers on board the Altair Voyager at the time of her renaming ceremony and there was nothing covert about it. Actions such as these give me a suspicion of sensationalism.
Good book but for an investigative journalist of merit, try Seymore Hersh (Chain Of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib) or Bob Woodward (Plan of Attack).
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