Title: Fighting Back
Author: Bill Sammon
Sammon, Bill (2002). Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House. Washington, DC: Regnery Pub
- Terrorism–Government policy–United States.
- War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
- United States–Foreign relations–2001-
Date Updated: August 24, 2015
Disclaimer: Bill Sammon is a right-wing neo-conservative, and one who’s writing I would view with very, very great skeptcism.
At the outset, however, I want to make it clear I am reviewing this book, not the character George Bush. There are some negative reviews out due to the fact the author has praised President Bush. That happens to be expected from someone who was in the Bush White House. But that is not what this book is about. This is a minute by minute observer’s account from the morning of September 11 2001.
I am far from neutral on my view of our president’s actions. I view him as an ideologist, and a knee-jerk reactionary. Nevertheless, I will try to avoid my distaste for Bush and emphasize my view of what is really the central theme of this book.
The book’s title, Fighting Back, does not seem to fit the theme. The book should be titled more on the lines of Chronology of this time frame from 911 to near present. Is it the most reliable account of the 9/11 events? The author got it straight from the president in personal conversation, and with other advisors, including military leaders. As I have repeatedly stated, a memoirist is never wrong in his own views. Can personal accounts of events be taken as absolutely unbiased and factual. History has shown they cannot.
Sammon got all of this information from the actors, so they probably told the truth about what they believed to be true during the horrific events surrounding 9/11. That does not make them accurate. Is Shannon distorting the truth? Probably not. The real value of the book is the revelation of the thinking that went on in the White House. No surprise, it reveals things that the press never gog.
This book was touted on Fox News. That should be a clue as to whether it is partisan or not.