Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

3.63 (419 Ratings by Goodreads)
Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780743277280

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Dead Certain is a story told in six sections. Beginning with an immersion into Bush the nascent politician (entitled "Baptism"), we see in "Through Our Tears" a mandate-less new President evincing both collegiality and defensiveness as he pursues his conservative agenda. "Dark City On A Hill" describes the contentiousness that attends the roll-up to Iraq and the queasy slide from Mission Accomplished to the occupation of a broken nation.The final section, "A Laying On Of Hands," finds a once-swaggering presidency desperately moving from one gambit to another in an effort to right its sagging agenda, culminating in the 2006 midterm elections that decide the fate of a hobbled administration. Far from being a retelling of well-known events, Dead Certain plumbs both the natural drama and the behind-the-scenes granularity of George W. Bush's episodic presidency. It will be regarded as a classic, inside account of this troubled presidency.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 480
Item Height 36 mm
Item Width 165 mm
Item Weight 770 Gram
Product Dimensions 165 x 36 x 231
Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format Hardcover | 480

Amazing...stunning. -- New York Post
Washington's hottest dinner-party book this autumn. -- The Observer (UK)
A fascinating look at both [the Bush] presidency and his personality. -- Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News
An intimate portrait of a White House racked by more infighting than is commonly portrayed. -- The Washington Post
A fascinating...book. What Dead Certain does very nimbly is give the reader an intimate sense of the president's personality and how it informs his decision making. - The New York Times
Draper is no apologist for the administration, and for Bush-bashers there are plenty of nuggets.... But the overall portrait sheds a humanizing light on a much-vilified president. -- Los Angeles Times
What Draper does with great skill in Dead Certain is debunk caricatures of George Bush, both positive and negative. In place of the dim-witted bogeyman of the left and the resolute hero of the right, Draper introduces a three-dimensional man full of contradictions. -- Salon.com