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Plan of Attack is Bob Woodward's journalistic account of the Bush Administration's planning process for the second Gulf War. Early in his presidency Bush decided that Saddam Hussein needed to be removed from power, and that it would have to be done through war. He asked General Tommy Franks to draft a war plan. Franks came up with a brilliant plan to win the war, but very little planning was done about securing the peace. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Adviser Condaleeza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney were all very enthousiastic about the plan. Secretary of Defense Colin Powell, however, was worried about the "Pottery Barn" problem, which states "you break it, you own it".
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Kind Of History

History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific war?    -   Iraq/Gulf War II

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   politicians Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


United States    -   Yes Big City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C. Middle East?    -   Yes If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   6 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   concerned How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   politicians Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   400-450 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   7 ()

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