In "The Rape of Kuwait," invading soldiers from Baghdad commit the most heinous acts. On page after page, they roam Kuwait City sexually assaulting young girls, randomly shooting innocent women -- and worse. The detail provided is graphic.

Released this week, the book aims to buttress the case for war. And a major push is being made to get its message out.

The first printing was for a whopping 1.2 million copies, according to Lisa Kirk, a spokesman for Knightsbridge, the publisher. An all-out campaign is underway to market it across the United States, including advertisements in The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and on the major television networks. In addition, author Jean Sasson has appeared on 43 talk shows, Kirk said.

"The Rape of Kuwait" is the most vivid part of a major lobbying effort on the part of supporters of Bush administration policy in the Persian Gulf. The 154-page book was researched, written, edited and published in the five-month period since Iraq invaded Kuwait.

The Kuwaiti Embassy here has paid to send 200,000 copies of it to U.S. troops in the gulf, according to a spokesman there. Citizens for a Free Kuwait, a group of Kuwaiti exiles based in Washington, handed out copies free, a representative said.

Kirk denied that the publisher received funding or support from pro-war groups. "It's a serious effort, it's not propaganda," she said.

Hill & Knowlton, the public relations group that has been paid more than $6 million to help Kuwait spruce up its image, said it was not connected to the book. "We have nothing to do with it," said spokesman Frank Mankiewicz. "I don't even know anyone here who has read it."

The book is only a part of a concerted lobbying effort. In newspaper ads, radio and television spots and fund -- raising appeals, supporters of President Bush's gulf policy have worked to rally public support.

While the effort includes such familiar conservative voices as Richard N. Perle, a top defense official in the Reagan administration, it also has attracted a surprising number of liberal activists, many with long records of support for Israel.

The most visible of these alliances is the Committee for Peace and Security in the Persian Gulf, whose co-directors are Perle and Ann Lewis, former political director of the Democratic National Committee and a former adviser to Jesse L. Jackson.

"It was very important for the kind of world that I want to live in that Saddam Hussein's aggression" be checked, said Lewis. "This {is} in fact one of those moments in history where you {have} to consider the use of force."

The group is producing a radio ad featuring former U.S. hostages in Iraq. Last week it took out a full-page ad in the New York Times, spelling out its justification for the U.S. policy. Signatories ranged from Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) to former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt (D.)

Business groups also have rallied behind the president's cause. Before last week's congressional vote on the use of force in the gulf, the White House circulated a letter to Bush from more than 100 business organizations pledging "support for your courageous action in the Persian Gulf."

The list of supporters included the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as dozens of smaller groups such as the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association.

The letter was orchestrated by Washington lobbyist Wayne Valis, who said in an interview that he began rounding up support after he and other business leaders met with Bush and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu at the White House last month.

"He said, 'I really would like your support,' " Valis recalled of Bush. "He said, 'If there is any way that you as private citizens and other business leaders can get a message to Saddam Hussein,' he'd like that to happen."

One of the most active organizers on behalf of the Bush administration is Sam Zakhem, the former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain. This month, with financial support from a "conservative family" that he declined to name, Zakhem founded the Freedom Task Force. The group recently aired a radio spot in the Washington area featuring a former U.S. hostage.

Other conservative voices that have emerged as advocates for the president's policy include the American Security Council, which recently took out newspaper ads signed by former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, as well as veterans groups and industry associations.

One of them was the American League for Exports and Security Assistance, which represents defense contractors. James McInerney, who heads the group, said in an interview that while it lends its name to the pro-Bush effort, it does not provide financial support.