War on terror faces a literary onslaught





A new wave of books critical of the Bush administration's war on terror will hit bookstores this summer, reminiscent of the flood of titles bashing the president during the 2004 campaign.

Two years ago, Against All Enemies by former anti-terrorism chief Richard Clark and The Price of Loyalty, Ron Suskind's account of the disillusionment of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, hit the top of the best-seller list.

This year, books on Iraq and the war on terror haven't sold as well. But Suskind has another book out next week, The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, a critical assessment of U.S. intelligence failures.

Its publisher, Simon & Schuster, is tightly guarding its contents because Time bought excerpts that are expected to make news this weekend. It won't even explain the title.

Other forthcoming books:

*Oath Betrayed (Random House, June 27) by Stephen Miles, a medical professor, who cites "medical complicity" in "the abuse and neglect" of prisoners in U.S. prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

*The End of Iraq (Simon and Schuster, July 11) by Peter Galbraith, a fellow at the Center for Arms Control, whose subtitle is How American Incompetence Created a War Without End.

*What Terrorists Want (Random House, Sept. 5) by Louise Richardson, a Harvard lecturer who argues that Bush's war on terror is doomed because of an ignorance of history.

*Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (PublicAffairs, Sept. 5) by Robert Bingham, a Vassar College professor, who contends that American policymakers are misusing the lessons of Vietnam.



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