Author Had Rare Access to Bush for 'Dead Certain' Robert Draper, author of the new book Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, had unprecedented access to the president and his immediate circle, including six interviews with him in 2006 and '07.

Author Had Rare Access to Bush for 'Dead Certain'

Author Had Rare Access to Bush for 'Dead Certain'

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There are some perhaps unintended bursts of candor from President Bush in the new book Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. Mr. Bush told author Robert Draper, for instance, that the administration "didn't spend a lot of time planning" for widespread sectarian violence in Iraq.

The president said he believed post-war violence would be minimized by removing Saddam Hussein and by "the idea of people being in a position to be kind of free — the universality of freedom concept."

Draper was granted rare access to the president — six interviews, each about an hour long, between December 2006 and May 2007.

Draper, also a national correspondent for GQ magazine and formerly a reporter for Texas Monthly, talks with Melissa Block.

Dead Certain
By Robert Draper

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