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The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: Inside the Lies That Put the White House on Trial and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity Paperback – 11 May 2005
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One of last year's most controversial books and a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, with an investigative epilogue by a prominent Washington journalist and a new introduction by the author on the anatomy of the Bush administration's smear campaign against him
Ambassador Joseph Wilson recounts more than two decades in the U. S. Foreign Service in this look at the life of an American diplomat, and an unabashed account of policies that both succeeded and failed. As the last American official to meet with Saddam Hussein before Desert Storm, Wilson successfully parried the dictator's threats to use American hostages as human shields against U. S. bombing. Yet for more than a year, he has been battling threats from his own government, simply because he called a lie a lie. When President Bush alleged that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa for its nuclear weapons program, Wilson could not stand silent. He had traveled to Niger the previous year and found no evidence to support the president's claim. To punish Wilson and intimidate others tempted to come forward, senior administration officials disclosed the undercover status of Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, to the press, putting her life in danger. Rather than backing down, Wilson persistently criticized the way the administration misled the nation into war.With the addition of photographs, maps, timelines, and news commentaries, this bestseller continues Wilson's fight by revealing the perils bred by the war-hungry regime in the White House. See all Product description
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As he fairly points out and as it is explored in the movie the outing of his wife as an agent put many people at risk throughout the world.
The book is an important work and a lesson to us all about how governments can behave abominably and criminally against their own citizens.
No self-pity,and it points out that Wilson's life and times went far beyond his report on Niger.
He'll rank, in due course, with the Old China Hands who were dismissed the service for telling the truth in the 1940's, and maybe even with Ed Murrow. And, by the way, his anecdotes are so engaging that he's one of those people I want to be trapped in an airport lounge with ... whatever your views, don't miss.
This I loved. It's really well written. It's interesting. I read the whole thing over two days, it was that good.
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