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Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

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Publisher Comments:

"In his nearly seven years as president, Mr. Bush has rarely let his guard down with journalists to reveal much of his personal side. But over the course of six roughly hourlong interviews with Mr. Draper, Mr. Bush shared his inner life at the White House. He at times mused philosophically and introspectively, and at others spoke forcefully about his confidence in his own decisions." — The New York Times

In this ambitious work of political narrative, Robert Draper takes us inside the Bush White House and delivers an intimate portrait of a tumultuous decade and a beleaguered administration. Virtually every page of this book crackles with scenes, anecdotes, and dialogue that will surprise even long-time observers of George W. Bush.

With unprecedented access to all the key figures of this administration — from six one-on-one sessions with the president, to Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, Karl Rove, and perhaps 200 other players, some well known, some not — Draper has achieved what no other journalist or contemporary historian has done thus far: He has told the story of the Bush White House form the inside, with a special emphasis on how the very personality of this strong-willed president has affected the outcome of events.

Review:

"There are two questions any definitive account of George W. Bush's presidency must answer. One has dogged him from the very start of his presidential campaign in 1999: Is he as stupid as he seems? The other has dogged him for the last five years: Why did he decide to invade Iraq?

The first question about Bush's intelligence is relatively easy to dodge but exceptionally hard to answer.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"While there are many aspects of the Bush presidency that Mr. Draper completely neglects...what Dead Certain does do and does very nimbly is give the reader an intimate sense of the president's personality and how it informs his decision making." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Synopsis:

In the definitive book on the Bush presidency, a gifted reporter and longtime Bush observer with unprecedented access to the White House offers a revealing and balanced look at this most secretive of administrations.

About the Author

Robert Draper has been a national correspondent for GQ magazine for the past decade, and prior to that was senior editor at Texas Monthly. He lives in Washington, D.C. He is author of a novel, Hadrian's Walls (Knopf), and the biography Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: December 12, 2006

Part I:
BAPTISM

Chapter 1: New Hampshire
Chapter 2: Texas
Chapter 3: South Carolina

Part II:
"THROUGH OUR TEARS"

Chapter 4: The Building of Bushworld
Chapter 5: Doing a Few Things Right
Chapter 6: Then...

Part III:
DARK CITY ON A HILL

Chapter 7: Nightmare Scenario
Chapter 8: Drumbeats
Chapter 9: The Grid
Chapter 10: Thanksgiving

Part IV:
A CHOICE, NOT A REFERENDUM

Chapter 11: The One-Legged Runner
Chapter 12: "You Know Where I Stand"
Chapter 13: Ask President Bush
Chapter 14: "Stand with Me"

Part V:
COMEUPPANCE

Chapter 15: Eight-Year Men
Chapter 16: Big Ball, Long Bomb
Chapter 17: Heck of a Job
Chapter 18: "This Is Not Your Daughter!"

Part VI:
THE THUMPIN'

Chapter 19: The Bolten Bounce
Chapter 20: The Phantom Fence
Chapter 21: "I Owe You a Strategy That'll Work"
Chapter 22: A Fine Line Between Realism and Pessimism

Epilogue

Source Notes

Author's Note and Acknowledgments Index

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andialdrich, October 30, 2008 (view all comments by andialdrich)
im doing a school project on george w. Bush, this book is some what helpful in my quest for information. It tells of his whole presidential career in great detail. It's lengthy, but it does get the information listed, so it's an alright book in my case.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277280
Subtitle:
The Presidency of George W. Bush
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Draper, Robert
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Pride and vanity
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States--Foreign relations--2001-
Edition Description:
Free Press Hard
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » Contemporary
History and Social Science » US History » Presidents » Bush, George W.

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Product details 480 pages Free Press - English 9780743277280 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While there are many aspects of the Bush presidency that Mr. Draper completely neglects...what Dead Certain does do and does very nimbly is give the reader an intimate sense of the president's personality and how it informs his decision making."
"Synopsis" by , In the definitive book on the Bush presidency, a gifted reporter and longtime Bush observer with unprecedented access to the White House offers a revealing and balanced look at this most secretive of administrations.
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