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Frustration clear in Clarke book

Books about public policy and the careers of bureaucrats rarely become national sensations. But Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies is generating intense interest far beyond Washington’s Beltway. Clarke, the former top White House counterterrorism official, says President Bush and his advisers ignored his warnings in 2001 that an al-Qaeda attack was imminent and were fixated on going to war in Iraq. His charges have preoccupied the White House for a week. The controversy dominated Sunday’s TV talk shows and does not seem destined to fade soon from the headlines. Web sites that are selling Clarke’s book indicate that there’s lots of interest — and heated opinions. The book is the No. 1 non-fiction best seller on both Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. On Amazon, more than 200 people have submitted reviews. A few passages have gotten most of the attention, but the book that has stirred such passion is more than an indictment of Bush’s policies. It’s a sometimes pedantic chronology of Clarke’s 30 years in the federal government and a sincere examination of what he admits is an obsession with the al-Qaeda terrorist network. Full Story

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