The Politics of Truth

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The Politics of Truth
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Author Joseph C. Wilson
Original title The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
Cover artist Linda Kosarin
Country United States
Language English
Genre Memoir
Publisher Carroll & Graf
Publication date
April 30, 2004 (Hardcover)
April 10, 2005 (Paperback)
Media type Print (Hardcover; Paperback)
Pages 528; 517 + xlix
ISBN ISBN 0-7867-1378-X (10) & ISBN 978-0-7867-1378-3 (13) [hardcover]
ISBN 0-7867-1551-0 (10) & ISBN 978-0-7867-1551-0 (13) [paperback]
OCLC 54966142
327.73/0092 B 22
LC Class JK468.E7 W55 2004

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2004; paperback ed., 2005), by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, was first published as a hardcover edition in 2004.

Both a political and personal memoir, Wilson's autobiographical account of over two decades of his life in foreign service includes detailed descriptions of his extensive diplomatic, including his career, his first two marriages, and his courtship and marriage to Valerie Plame, his third and current wife. Primarily, however, the book is a detailed narrative of the events leading to his decision to go public with his criticisms of the George W. Bush administration and its aftermath, extended in appendices of chronological "timelines" and "Newspaper Commentaries Published by Ambassador Joseph Wilson Before and After the United States Invasion of Iraq in 2003" (461-86).

The book includes a Bibliography (487-96) and a detailed index (497-517).

The 2005 paperback edition, subtitled Inside the Lies that Put the White House on Trial and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity, is "Updated with a New Preface by the Author ("Anatomy of a Smear" [li-lxix]) and an Investigative Report on the Niger Documents Affair by Russ Hoyle" ("The Niger Affair: The Investigation That Won't Go Away" [xiii-xlix]).