Top-Secret Woodward Tome Gets a Name
White House braces for debut of Iraq-centric The War Within
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 11:20 AM CDT
U.S. President George W. Bush, center, his wife Laura Bush, left, and their daughter Barbara watch swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.   (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
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(Newser) – Bob Woodward’s fourth book on the Bush White House, originally a mere 352 pages, has ballooned into 496 pages of inside dope and is due in stores Sept. 8, Politico reports. And the mystery-shrouded volume, which focuses on the Iraq conflict, officially has a name: The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008. Simon & Schuster says it plans to print 900,000 copies.

The administration granted Woodward extensive access—including face time with President Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and many others—and is hopeful that Bush will come off better than he did in 2006's State of Denial. Says editor Alice Mayhew: “There has not been such an authoritative and intimate account of presidential decision making since the Nixon tapes and the Pentagon Papers.”