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Curveball by Bob Drogin
Oct 30, 2007 | ISBN 9781588367365

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“There used to be an old rule that real journalists lived by: ‘All governments are run by liars, and nothing they say should be believed.’ We’ve come a long way from those days, to a media that has been cowed into submission and accepting the ‘official story.’ Thank God for Bob Drogin and his refusal to believe. It’s journalists like him and books like Curveball that give many of us a sliver of hope that we can turn things around”—Michael Moore, Director of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko

Curveball is the factual equivalent of Catch 22. It is impossible to read this book and then look at our world leaders without thinking, ‘F*ck. Oh f*ck. Oh my God, oh f*ck.’”—Mark Thomas, comedian and political activist

“Bob Drogin struck journalistic gold in this story of a conman who told his intelligence handlers exactly what they wanted to hear. If this twisted tale could be read simply as a thrilling farce it would be pure delight—but much more importantly, it is a history of our time.”—Philip Gourevitch

“The biggest fiasco in the history of secret intelligence over 500 years.”—Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day Of The JackalThe Odessa File, and The Afghan

“Bob Drogin is a brilliant reporter. In Curveball, he has produced a riveting and important investigation, full of startling and carefully documented detail, laying bare the anatomy of an intelligence failure and its contribution to a catastrophic war.”—Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

“Bob Drogin accomplishes what only the best reporters can; he forces you to wonder how he could possibly know that! If you want to know how the CIA could have possibly been so wrong about Iraq, here is a big part of the answer.”—Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

“Here we go again: the self-deception, the corruption of intelligence, and the abuse of authority, amid a full cast of the usual suspects in the White House and the Pentagon. It’s a crucially important story, and it comes wonderfully alive in Curveball. It would be almost fun to read if the message wasn’t so important–and so devastating to the integrity of the American processes.”—Seymour M. Hersh, author of Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Curveball is a true story, marvelously reported, about a descent into the netherworld of deceit and duplicity, where the lies of a single man in an interrogation cell in Germany grew like a malign spore in the dark. When it emerged, on the lips of the President and the Secretary of State, it infected the course of world events.”—Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action and The Lost Painting

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