Special Plans

So there’s this book.

Here’s a story of espionage, think tanks, power brokers, and Douglas Feith—the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy whose Office of Special Plans oversaw the enormous manipulations and failures of intelligence that led to the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq.

The book (see also its predecessor, Untidy) has been in the works since February, a blink in book-time, but an eternity in the lifetime of somebody used to daily deadlines, not annual ones. I’m proud of what’s in it, especially the posts by the bloggers (listed on the cover) who consented to let me compile their fine writing to introduce them to the blog-curious and the blog-averse. And I’m grateful to the publisher, Jim Leisy, and my own extremely patient editor, Tom Sumner, for giving blogs this kind of voice in the print world, and for asking me to be part of this project.

If you want to listen to me bore on about it, I’ll have copies of it and order forms at EschaCon next weekend, and I’ll be announcing other events when they get scheduled and confirmed. Release date is Sept. 12, but you can pre-order at the link above, so, you know, go do that.