CRUSADE: Chronicles of an Unjust War

Winfred Rembert, Author, Winfred Rembert, Illustrator, Nikki Giovanni, Contribution by with Charles and Rosalie Baker. Cricket/Marcato $25 (48p) ISBN 978-0-8126-2703-9

The title of this unbridled attack on the Bush administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks is ironic. It refers to President George W. Bush's off-the-cuff post–September 11 remark that the United States was about to embark upon "this crusade, this war on terrorism." A former Catholic priest, Carroll won a National Book Award for his brutally frank Vietnam War–era memoir, An American Requiem , and is a Boston Globe columnist. His latest book consists of 88 of his columns from September 15, 2001, to March 16, 2004. They are presented chronologically, for the most part, grouped into chapters with short introductions, and they amount to a stinging indictment. Carroll lobs verbal grenade after verbal grenade at the White House, attacking the president for what Carroll terms "coercive unilateralism." The Iraq war, Carroll said in a May 2003 column, "was a pack of lies, and Washington's war on terrorism is a cynical manipulation of fears." The president, Carroll says, "betrayed... the young men and women whom he so carelessly sent into harm's way." Carroll touches upon other aspects of national and world politics, including his opinion of the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ ("It is a lie. It is sick"), and the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, but the focus here is on the Iraq war. Agent, Don Cutler. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/21/2004
Release date: 09/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
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