A Time of Our Choosing

America's War in Iraq

Todd S. Purdum and the staff of The New York Times

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The authoritative account of America’s most controversial war since Vietnam, a conflict in which “shock and awe” were not confined to the battlefield

It was a war like no other the United States had ever fought. It began with the bombing of Saddam Hussein’s bunker and ended with statues of the Iraqi dictator being toppled in downtown Baghdad, and it marked a turning point in America’s relations with its enemies, its allies, and its sense of itself. Yet most Americans experienced the war as impressionistic and often confusing—the story of one battle here, one unit there, a report from one city, then another, without the larger context we so urgently needed. Each reporter had his “slice” of the war, it seemed, but no one had the whole story or the broad view.

A Time of Our Choosing fills that gap brilliantly, drawing on the unparalleled resources and reportage of The New York Times. Todd S. Purdum, one of the paper’s most gifted storytellers, traces the war in Iraq from the first rumblings after 9/11, to the diplomatic recriminations at the United Nations, to the battles themselves and their aftermath. He deftly rolls out the whole canvas before our eyes, showing how the individual “slices” fit together into a single, gripping drama.

Purdum also explores the complex legacy of America’s near-unilateral action. Since the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush has vowed that the United States would confront its enemies “at a time of our choosing,” and Purdum shows in vivid terms what this choice has meant for our now transformed world.

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It was 4 a.m. when the two men arrived in the empty darkness of downtown. They carried a letter from the president, bearing his signature and authorizing a large transaction. They gave no reason. They did not have to. No questions were asked. Soon enough, Qusay Saddam Hussein, the president’s second son, and Abid Hamid Mahmoud al-Tikriti, Saddam’s personal assistant, were overseeing the loading of 236 boxes into three tractor-trailers outside Iraq’s Central Bank. A team of workers took two hours to finish the job.

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"A useful and comprehensive narrative of the Iraq saga during the last year . . . The great strength of this book is Mr. Purdum's astute ability to pull together the varied reporting for The Times into a single whole . . . Mr. Purdum has done a superb job." -The New York Times

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Todd S. Purdum and the staff of The New York Times

Todd S. Purdum is a correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. He has worked for the Times for over twenty years, and is a former diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

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A Time of Our Choosing
America's War in Iraq
Todd S. Purdum and the staff of The New York Times

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
March 2014
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ISBN: 9781466866102
ISBN10: 1466866101
336 pages, Includes 1 8-page insert
$7.99
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