Bob Manship

Readers fascinated by politics and the law will want to pick up this book, which features edited trial transcripts from the federal case against I. Lewis ""Scooter"" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who was convicted of making false statements in the investigation of the alleged outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Author MurrayWaas begins with a detailed chronology of events, a list of people involved in the case and an insightful introduction, setting the scene nicely for the trial. Waas interjects from time to time with background information or analysis-- and then original invetigative reporting-- as he introduces each witness with a short biography explaining his or her connection to the case. Opening and closing and an interesting appendix contains copies of original documents, such as Libby's handwritten notes and Cheney's own copy of Novak's Plame-naming op-ed piece. While this holds limited appeal for all but the most diehard politicos and legal types, it makes an excellent resource for anyone who wants to understand the scandal in general, Libby's case in particular, and the run up to war with Iraq.