I'm about 3/4 way done, and it really is fascinating and authoritative. In the administration's defense, I'm not sure how exactly they'd fit the argument that it takes Pollack 450 pages to mount into a few ten minute speeches, some sound bites, and an occasional appearance by a staff member on Meet The Press. They're sort of forced to go for more sweeping statements. If there's one thing the book does well, it's disabuse you of any notions that the Iraq problem had largely been solved and that Bush's Iraq policies have emerged out of nowhere. Things have clearly been steadily escalating for the last decade.