Former Gov. George Pataki debated the merits of journalist Kurt Eichenwald’s book “500 Days” which looks back on the aftermath of Sept. 11, but also discusses fresh evidence that the Bush administration did little to take warning signs of an attack from al Qaeda seriously.

Pataki, appearing alongside Eichenwald on “Morning Joe”, called the book “unfortunate” and accused Eichenwald of blaming Bush for the attacks. Pataki admitted he hadn’t read the book, saying he had only read the book jacket (thus literally judging the book by its cover, something authors really don’t like).

Eichenwald shot back, saying the book was complimentary of Bush, and that a more focused understanding of the intelligence failures leading up to the attacks is necessary.

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