RON SUSKIND is the author of The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, and A Hope in the Unseen. From 1993 to 2000 he was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Suskind's take on the downfall of America's authority begins with what led to the attacks on September 11 and charts the country's subsequent tarnished international identity. Tackling tough issues with historic disclosures (including the accusation that members of the U.S. government forged documents and lied to win approval for going to war in Iraq), the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Wall Street Journal reporter offers compelling and provocative stories. Unfortunately, Alan Sklar's narration will surely cause many listeners to lose interest. Sklar tends to drone and his dry, monotone voice bears very little passion or intensity. His uninspired reading lessens the impact of Suskind's masterful research. A HarperCollins hardcover. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Pulitzerr Prize-winning journalist Suskind (www.ronsuskind.com), author of the New York Times best-selling books The Price of Loyalty (2004) and The One Percent Doctrine (2006), here delivers a fascinating novelistic nonfiction account of people and events following the 9/11 bombing of New York City's Twin Towers. Suskind tells the story of society's strata from students to policymakers, both national and international. Suskind himself reads the preface; Alan -Sklar (www.alansklar.com) does an admirable job with the rest of the material. Highly recommended. [Audio clip available through www.harperaudio.com.-Ed.]-Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"A bombshell book."--The Today Show
"A touching story. . . . Suskind is a skilled reporter. . . The moral of Suskind's story, in short, is that nothing suceeds like truthfulness."--The Washington Post Book World
"A vivid snapshot of a year, 2006-2007, in the life of a nation whose leaders have betrayed its high moral purpose. One of Suskind's Washington players cries into the darkness, "Can the great beast self-correct?" Can America, Suskind asks, recover its missionary rectitude? He clearly thinks it can."--The Sunday Times (London)
"An ambitious attempt to weave all the strands of our current conflict into a unified whole. . . . Ron Suskind's new book has earned buzz because of his arresting argument that the Bush administration actually forged evidence to buttress its case for war."--Andrew Sullivan
"An explosive new book."--MSNBC.com
"Complex, ambitious, provocative, risky. . . . In a crowded, highly talented field, Mr. Suskind bids fair to claim the crown as the most perceptive, incisive, dogged chronicler of the inner workings of the Bush administration."--Mark Danner, The New York Times
"Extraordinary. . . . If Mr Suskind is correct, laws have been broken and President George W. Bush and/or Dick Cheney are implicated. . . . This is--or ought to be--a Watergate-sized scandal."--Clive Crook, The Financial Times
"Incisive. . . . No journalist has more ably explored the dark crevices of the Bush administration's foreign policy. . . . Suskind has shown that faith -- the wrong kind of faith, anyway -- can produce disaster."--Salon
"Moving. . . . Mr. Suskind is a prodigiously talented craftsman. . . . It's all here: a cast of characters that sprawls across class and circumstance to represent the totality of a historical moment. . . . These hard times, Mr. Suskind's book suggests, call for a nonfiction Dickens."--The New York Observer
"Outstanding. . . . A searching, globe-hopping masterpiece of investigative journalism and empathetic prose. Amidst the 'arabesque' of richly drawn characters, Suskind reveals a few bombshell discoveries regarding the Bush Administration's irresponsibility and outright lies."--The Huffington Post
"Ron Suskind does not think small. . . . A sweeping examination of moral authority in a global world and how a post-9/11 America seems to have lost its way."--The Boston Globe
"Ron Suskind has traced the history of the Bush years with a novelist's ear. Now he looks at the tragedy through the eye of the victims."--The American Prospect
"Startling. . . . Chilling. . . . A reportorial feat. . . . Suskind skillfully traces several interwoven stories of cultural clashes and cross-pollination, all of them pursuing the questions of whether America and the Muslim world can ever look past their differences and find understanding."--Michael Crowley, The New York Times Book Review
"Suskind is a brilliant reporter and his investigation into the post- 9/11, pre-Iraq war period makes you think you're reading about it for the first time. . . . It's damning. Give this man another Pulitzer Prize."--Christopher Buckley, The Daily Beast
"Suskind's reporting continues to make him an indispensable chronicler of the Bush/Cheney debacle."--Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times
"The leading chronicler of the forty-third president."--Esquire
"There is much more to learn from Suskind's reporting, including new evidence that Bush and other officials knew there were no WMD in Iraq."--Joe Conason, Salon