Simon & Schuster Art Director Michael Accordino asked me to create this cover featuring some of the great minds of our generation, He asked that Bush be represented in his flight suit and for him to be surrounded by a cast of characters. These characters were never set in stone and there was a lot of tweaking on the piece until the final lineup was in place. We worked on the bulk of it over the summer. It was completed in early February and sent out to bookstores last week.
Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq: The Experts Speak
From the back cover: Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq, the definitive, footnoted, hilarious but depressing compilation of experts who were in error about the Iraq War.
From MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."
-- President George W. Bush, May 2, 2003
"[Insurgents] pose no strategic threat to the United States or to the Coalition Forces."
-- L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, November 17, 2003
"Military action will not last more than a week."
-- Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, January 23, 2003
"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah."
President George W. Bush, at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, December 10, 2001