In the decade since, many officials in the Bush Administration have either published memoirs or sat for long interviews, producing tens of thousands of pages of information for future historians to sift through and mull over.
Or present historians. U.Va. history professor Melvyn Leffler, an expert on diplomatic history, has waded through about 25 memoirs of Bush Administration figures and added plenty of his own research. The result is an article in the new issue of Diplomatic History that highlights areas of agreement and disagreement among Bush officials on foreign-policy matters, including the Iraq War.
“A careful examination of the memoirs will impel scholars to interrogate some of their assumptions, reassess their beliefs, and refine their conclusions,” he writes.
It’s long and scholarly, but it’s certainly shorter than reading all those memoirs yourself.