The Bush Tragedy

The Bush Tragedy This Is The Book That Cracks The Code Of The Bush Presidency Unstintingly Yet Compassionately, And With No Political Ax To Grind, Slate Editor In Chief Jacob Weisberg Methodically And Objectively Examines The Family And Circle Of Advisers Who Played Crucial Parts In George W Bush S Historic Downfall.In This Revealing And Defining Portrait, Weisberg Uncovers The Black Box From The Crash Of The Bush Presidency Using In Depth Research, Revealing Analysis, And Keen Psychological Acuity, Weisberg Explores The Whole Bush Story Distilling All That Has Been Previously Written About Bush Into A Defining Portrait, He Illuminates The Fateful Choices And Key Decisions That Led George W., And Thereby The Country, Into Its Current Predicament Weisberg Gives The Tragedy A Historical And Literary Frame, Comparing Bush Not Just To Previous American Leaders, But Also To Shakespeare S Prince Hal, Who Rises From Ne Er Do Well Youth To Become The Warrior King Henry V.Here Is The Bitter And Fascinating Truth Of The Early Years Of The Bush Dynasty, With Never Before Revealed Information About The Conflict Between The Two Patriarchs On George W S Father S Side Of The Family The One An Upright Pillar Of The Community, The Other A Rowdy Playboy And How That Schism Would Later Shape And Twist The Younger George Bush His Father, A Hero Of War, Business, And Republican Politics Whose Accomplishments George W Would Attempt To Copy And Whose Absences He Would Resent His Mother, Barbara, Who Suffered From Insecurity, Depression, And Deep Dissatisfaction With Her Role As Housewife And His Younger Brother Jeb, Seen By His Parents As Steadier, Stronger, And The Son Most Likely To Succeed.Weisberg Also Anatomizes The Replacement Family Bush Surrounded Himself With In Washington, A Group He Thought Could Help Him Correct The Mistakes He Felt Had Destroyed His Father S Presidency Karl Rove, Who Led Bush Astray By Pursuing His Own Historical Ambitions And Transforming The President Into A Deeply Polarizing Figure Dick Cheney, Whose Obsessive Quest To Restore Presidential Power And Protect The Country After 9 11 Caused Bush And America To Lose The World S Respect And, Finally, Donald Rumsfeld And Condoleezza Rice, Who Encouraged Bush S Foreign Policy Illusions And Abetted His Flight From Reality Delving As No Other Biography Has Into Bush S Religious Beliefs Which Are Presented As At Once Opportunistic And Sincere The Bush Tragedy Is An Essential Work That Is Sure To Become A Standard Reference For Any Future Assessment It Is The Most Balanced And Compelling Account Of A Sitting President Ever Written From The Hardcover Edition. Book twenty of my Presidential Challenge.I m nearing the halfway point of my challenge and some tough decisions have to be made Decision points if you will Do I put off reading about Dubya I knew if I wasn t careful I d put this one off until the very end and I was dreading the hell out of that so I bit the bullet and got this one from the library.Man, was I dreading this I ll paraphrase Indiana Jones when I say, George W Bush, I hate this guy I just wanted him to fade away and paint his w Book twenty of my Presidential Challenge.I m nearing the halfway point of my challenge and some tough decisions have to be made Decision points if you will Do I put off reading about Dubya I knew if I wasn t careful I d put this one off until the very end and I was dreading the hell out of that so I bit the bullet and got this one from the library.Man, was I dreading this I ll paraphrase Indiana Jones when I say, George W Bush, I hate this guy I just wanted him to fade away and paint his weird paintings and be rich and obscure But alas, a challenge is a challenge.But I gotta say, The Bush Tragedy was a great read It really examined how and why Dubya turned out the way he did I found the relationships between him and his father, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney FASCINATING His life really is a tragedy in every sense of the word in that it has been a tragedy for him, for the country a
Okay, so I said it was time to take a break from books on Iraq for my blood pressure s sake But this isn t a book about Iraq exclusively it s about Bushand exploring his personality and how it has driven his presidency, including in Iraq That might mitigate this as a lapse There is also something appealling in how W
I m a thorough anti Bushite who believes he s lead oraccurately NOT lead this country into a domestic and foreign relations policy mess that will take decades to clean up And that s when I m optimistic.I picked the book up after having read the reviews promising that it was an objective look at how Bush got us to this point My goal was to actually be able to read something about the man that would not make me start yelling back at the pages.This really is an objective over
The Bush presidency as viewed through the lens of family psychology or as Harold Blum might put it Freud as viewed by Shakespeare Makes a convincing case that the Bush family history and George W Bush s personal demons explain much about the presidency Moreover, Shakespeare s Henry iv parts 1 and 2 and Henry V also throw considerable light on Bush s beha
A very readable, accessible and informative account of the reasons behind the failings of George W Bush s two term presidency Jacob Weisberg situates and explains the struggle and the ultimate failure of Dubya s presidency in relation to his complicated family history and in particular to Bush Senior The theory put forward is deceptively simple to follow, entertaining and convincing I would be interested to see to what extent other readers who knowabout Bush and have delvedinto A very readable, accessible and informative account of the reasons behind the failings of George W Bush s two term presidency Jacob Weisberg situates and explains the struggle and the ultimate failure of Dubya s presidency in relation to his complicated f
As far as I m concerned, the three books which give you the whole picture on GWB are David Corn s The Lies of George W Bush , Hatfield s Fortunate Son and the movie Horns and Halos , which is about the poor bastard s tortured biographical efforts and subsequent pillorying upon release It s a sad, sad tale well worth the viewing and this one.Weisberg s already a crack political essayist, thinker, and reporter for the eponymous Slate magazine This book gives a graceful, measured, even hand As far as I m concerned, the three books which give you the whole picture on GWB are David Corn s The Lies of George W Bush , Hatfield s Fortunate Son and the movie Horns and Halos , which is about the poor bastard s tortured biographical efforts and subsequent pillorying upon release It s a sad,
The author begins his story well before Bush 43 s presidency, going back to earlier Bush and Walker generations for traits and characteristics Actually, the author seems to go back much earlier than that, alluding to parallels between George Bush 43 and Shakespeare s Prince Hal from Henry IV and Henry V In those plays, Prince Hal starts as a wild, undisciplined Pr
Generally, a very well researched and reported work by a well respected journalist Only quibble is that Weisberg strains a little to hard to cast Bush pere et fils in their own personal Henry IV V cycle and is a little heavy with the pop psychology Bush, unprepared for his role as a wartime president, falls back on the two things which got him through his bout with the bottle a rather unsophisticated faith and personal force of will Good tools for self help, but not diplomacy Into this void Generally, a very well researched and reported work by a well respected journalist Only quibble is that Weisberg strains a little to hard to cast Bush pere et fils in their own personal Henry IV V cycle and is a little heavy with the pop psychology Bush, unprepared for his role as a wartime president, falls back on the two things which got him through his bout with the bottle a rather unsophisticated faith and personal force of will Good tools for self help, but not diplomacy Into this void step Cheney, whose goal is to advance the security state at all costs, and Rove, who envisions a domestic political scene dominated by Republicans The results are well
Some good history here, and I agree with Weisberg s thesis that George W Bush is driven by the contradictory desires to emulate, compete with, and distance himself from his father I m familiar with these feelings, and I suspect many other sons of successful fathers are too.But there is a nasty, scornful edge to this book that doesn t sit well with me Weisberg claims objectivity early on, but somehow even W s better traits are portrayed in the worst possible light The man has plenty of flaws, S
This book is sober and only occasionally vicious Without sarcasm or paranoia it provides a well documented, level headed explanation for the major mistakes made by the major players in Bush s administration With regard to the personalities involved the two Bushes , Cheney s and Karl Rove s , although it references Freud s book on Woodrow Wilson, it does not engage in remote sensory psychoanalysis, but draws straightforward, reasonable inferences from established, universally acknowledged even This bo

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Bush Tragedy
  • Jacob Weisberg
  • English
  • 26 January 2018
  • 1400066786