"The Bush Tragedy" opens up the black box of the plane-crash presidency of George W. Bush to examine the political wreckage. How did a man of such evident flaws and limited abilities find himself in the position of the most powerful man in the world? How and why did half of America fall for Bush before falling out with him? Weisberg analyses Bush ...
"The Bush Tragedy" opens up the black box of the plane-crash presidency of George W. Bush to examine the political wreckage. How did a man of such evident flaws and limited abilities find himself in the position of the most powerful man in the world? How and why did half of America fall for Bush before falling out with him? Weisberg analyses Bush through familial, personal, political and historical relationships, and examines how his idolisation of Reagan and his devout Christianity led to widely condemned policy decisions that have fundamentally changed the role and position of the US. "The Bush Tragedy" is a razor-sharp character study of one of the most controversial presidents in American history.
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Surprisingly, this fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the Bush presidency is not a dry read. Jacob Weisberg here tells the story of George W. Bush through the lens of family dynamics, focusing also on the advisors with the most influence and the manner in which they utilized Bush family tensions to advance their particular agenda. It's hard to claim that an author is unbiased when the conclusion they've come to is that their subject is a fundamentally limited person with enormous flaws, but Weisberg appears to have begun with an even-handed perspective, and blame for the failed presidency is distributed among quite a few people, rather than assigned to Bush all by his lonesome. This book is meticulously researched and incredibly educational. It's a fast read that leaves the reader with a better appreciation for how America got itself into such a hot mess. Highly recommended!
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-25 Framing the Bush administration as a Shakespearean tragedy, Weisberg provides an intriguing interpretation of Bush and his motivations thus far. Part armchair therapist and part literary critic, Weisberg chips away at the various public and private personalities Bush has presented over the years to demonstrate his insecurities. Examining his relationships to family and friends as well as isolating particular lines of dialogue as key insights into Bush's true nature, Weisberg keenly illustrates how Bush's insecurities have played out on a global scale. Weisberg also juxtaposes Bush within his family legacy, by drawing comparisons between his style of leadership with those on the Walker side of the family. In his deep voice, Robertson Dean provides an enjoyable performance that works well with Weisberg's prose. His deliberate cadence and well-placed emphasis makes the narration easy to follow and understand. Dean projects power and energy and is sure to have listeners looking for other audiobooks he reads that offer more narrative prose. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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