Plan of Attack

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Bob Woodward

Narrated By: Boyd Gaines

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2004

Duration: 6 hours 39 minutes


Landmark book by the author of nine #1 national nonfiction bestsellers.

Plan of Attack is the definitive account of a turning point in history as President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launch a preemptive attack on Iraq, toppling Saddam Hussein and taking over the country. From in-depth interviews and documents, Bob Woodward provides an authoritative narrative of the Administration's behind-the-scenes maneuvering over two years and examines the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

What emerges is an astonishingly intimate portrait of the President, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenet, General Tommy Franks, other members of the war council and the White House staff, as well as key foreign leaders ranging from British Prime Minister Blair to Russian President Putin.

Plan of Attack relates the how and the why of decision making-including the secret meetings, secure phone calls, strategies, dilemmas, conflicts, and the raw emotions of war as they are rarely seen in contemporary history.


  • Anonymous

    With what's been disclosed about the Administration's mechaniations to sell the Iraq war, it's pretty clear that Woodward had the wool pulled over his eyes when interviewing Rumsfeld, Bush, et al for this book.

  • Andy

    [abridged] A must-read if you want to learn how President Bush got us into an unnecessary war. Woodward does a great job of providing insights into the thinking of Bush's inner circle. Woodward clearly shows how neo-conservatives developed momentum for removing Saddam Hussein from power without much concern for the consequences of war or the need for valid justification to attack. This war seemed to Bush to be almost too easy! So who not attack? After all, he is the war president.

  • Mandi Chestler

    Bob Woodward is a master at telling the facts in a way that makes you feel like you're right there in the room with all the players. Whether you like the Bush Bunch or not, you feel like you know the guys by the end of this audio recording.

  • Michael Scott

    A good read, though I can't help feeling that this book was attempting to deflect some of Rumsfelds / Bush's part in the entire affair. While there was good information in the book, I can't shake the impression that it was intended to be more of a "feel good" book, attempting to give the reader an impression that these two really didn't want to go to war, and don't deserve to have blood on their hands. No wonder this book is on Bush's reading list recommendations. Propaganda?

  • Walter Mallon

    Bob is fair and non-partisan in this book. I enjoyed it.

  • Vidhya Vaitheeswaran

    Inside story of the days leading to the war(Iraq). A must read.