There was probably more rubbish written this year about George W Bush's war in Iraq than any other subject, and much of it was between hard covers.
One book, however, took us inside the White House and told us in precise, emotionless detail exactly how and why the president did what he did.
For this reason, Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack (Simon and Schuster) was easily the most important political publication of 2004.
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