Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.42 X 9.27 X 1.3 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author
Melvyn P. Leffler is Emeritus Professor of American History at The University of Virginia. He is the author of several books on the Cold War and on US relations with Europe, including For the Soul of Mankind (2007), which won the George Louis Beer Prize from the American Historical Association, and A Preponderance of Power (1993), which won the Bancroft, Hoover, and Ferrell Prizes. In 2010, he and Odd Arne Westad co-edited the three volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. Along with Jeff Legro and Will Hitchcock, he is co-editor of Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World (2016). Most recently, he published Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015 (2017). He has served as president of the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University, and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at The University of Virginia.

"One of America's greatest historians takes on one of America's most controversial wars. With his customary professionalism, thoroughness, balanced perspective, and vivid prose, Prof. Leffler brings the reader inside the Bush administration's decision-making process as no other writer has yet done. Finally, a serious book about Iraq." -- Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

"A measured, balanced, and brilliant explanation of how the United States went to war to remove Saddam Hussein. Stressing a fatal combination of fear, power, and hubris in the White House, Leffler shows, with great empathy, how President Bush was at the center of a policymaking process gone awry." -- O.A. Westad, author of The Cold War: A World History

"Melvyn Leffler, the nation's leading historian of American foreign relations, has written the most balanced and dispassionate account of the Bush Administration's policies toward Iraq. Henceforth all serious studies of the Iraq War will start here. This book should be read by scholars, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding the decision making untainted by partisan bias." -- Eric S. Edelman, former US Ambassador to Turkey, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney

"Agree or disagree with his conclusions, Mel Leffler has unearthed fascinating new information about the decisions that led to America's invasion of Iraq. Anyone interested in understanding that seminal event needs to grapple with this book." -- Peter Beinart, author, The Crisis of Zionism

"In this deeply researched, luminously written book, Mel Leffler explores why the United States invaded Iraq. His sympathetic, nuanced, but by no means uncritical, account may not convince opponents of that war, but even they will not see it quite the same way again. This is an exceptional book by an outstanding scholar." -- Rajan Menon, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor Emeritus of International Relations, The Powell School, City College of New York, and author of The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford, 2016)

"Such is the force of Melvyn P. Leffler's insightful analysis that it broke through my long held convictions about the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. In Confronting Saddam Hussein, one of America's most respected historians assembles stunning new evidence from personal interviews and archival documents. This brilliant account will remain an indispensable source for many years." -- Frank Costigliola, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History, University of Connecticut

"The Bush Administration's invasion of Iraq in 2003 tops any list of strategic failures in the long history of American foreign relations. Conversely, Mel Leffler tops any list of the nation's finest scholars of American strategic decision-making. The two come together in this gripping, illuminating, fair-minded, and undoubtedly landmark exploration of how American leaders, at the height of their power and influence yet simultaneously driven by fear, got it all so very, very wrong." -- Jeffrey A. Engel, Director, Center for Presidential History

"The war in Iraq was a disaster that diminished American power and divided the American people. Leffler explains how a fearful, well-intentioned, but poorly-informed president led our country down this damaging road. This book is essential reading for any leader who hopes to avoid disaster, and any citizen who wants to elect better leaders." -- Jeremi Suri, Author of Civil War by Other Means: America's Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy

"Confronting Saddam Hussein offers a welcome antidote to flip assessments of the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Mel Leffler's provocative new account shows that the invasion was not a result of cartoonish bumbling or single-minded warmongering, but rather careful debate poisoned by a disastrous mix of fear and hubris." -- Nicole Hemmer, Director of the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the Study of the Presidency, Vanderbilt University