Author(s): Ron Suskind
Paul O'Neill was at the heart of George W. Bush's White House for its first two years, serving as Treasury Secretary through September 11, record tax cuts, Enron and the war against Afghanistan. What he discovered was a leader so inexperienced and opaque that policy was made by guessing his whims; a staff increasingly dominated by a small number of cronies; and the triumph of ideology over reason, evidence and analysis. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ron Suskind had unlimited access to ex-Secretary Paul O'Neill, co-operation from numerous senior officials in both domestic and foreign affairs and over 19,000 documents Mr O'Neill retained from office. His book is gripping, revelatory and devestating.