Former White House counsel and bestselling author John Dean reveals how the Bush White House has set America back decades--employing a worldview and tactics of deception that he claims will do more damage to the nation than Nixon at his worst.Former White House counsel and bestselling author John Dean reveals how the Bush White House has set America back decades--employing a worldview and tactics of deception that he claims will do more damage to the nation than Nixon at his worst.Read Less
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New. New: Binding and Pages perfect. 100% guarantee. If ordered by 4pm ships same day. SYNOPSIS Nobody knows more, both from firsthand experience and legal expertise, about the abuse of presidential power and its dangers than John W. Dean, former counsel to President Nixon. In WORSE THAN WATERGATE, Dean delivers a stunning indictment of the current Bush administration, and issues an urgent alarm to the nation: The Bush team's obsession with secrecy and their willingness to deceive make them even more dangerous than Nixon's men. Dean brilliantly explores Bush's emphasis on image over substance; his angry, mistrustful personality; his excessive fear of leaks; his reversal of the work of his predecessors in opening up government; his imperial governing combined with deeply flawed decision making; and his serious abuses of national security secrecy. From the administration's refusal to explain the precarious health of the powerful vice president to hiding the identity of those setting the nation's energy policy, from obstructing 9/11 investigations to unprecedented secrecy in the name of fighting terrorism, Dean exposes the dangers of a presidency that is using weapons of mass deception against the American public.
Dean has really redeemed his reputation in all his good writing, this book included. The book is extremely informative about the history of the Bush era secrecy, deceit and usurpation that has long histories in the behavior of the two top figureheads of the period. It is easy to lose track of all the shenanigans that Bush and Cheney were documented to have engaged in long before (and not so long before) their accession to the highest office. He also intelligently weaves in parallels with the Nixon experience (even psychoanalyzing the various characters' motivations), in comparing and contrasting the situation with Watergate etc. (For instance Bush talks about his office in the third person, "the president needs this" "the president's power is thus" etc.) Dean is a lawyer and lawyerly sets out a lot of the information. I got the sense some of it was a little rushed, but that is not a reason not to read it. Actually quite a readable book too. Good work.
Jun 7, 2007
Every American Needs to Read This Book
This book is so important on many levels. We are living in an extraordinary time. The damage done to America by the current administration and its policy of secrecy will take decades to unravel. Every American should read this book. Thankfully we have patriots like John Dean who are willing to report truth and reason, something America needs.
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