Iraq and back: inside the war to win the peace

Here, Olson tells how and why. Readers are privy to the candid discussions when Washington's inside-the-beltway plans disintegrate in the devastated streets of Iraq. They sit at the table with Iraqi leaders who warn of an insurgency if the proclamations crafted by ill-informed policy makers are implemented. And they stand next to her as Saddam's death squads attempt to assassinate her in an explosion of bullets.