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Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

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Publisher Comments:

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 an embattled administration. Virtually every page of this book crackles with scenes, anecdotes, and dialogue based on access to every principal actor in the Bush administration, including six newsmaking interviews with the president himself.

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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"To portray Bush as unfailingly bright-eyed is old news and makes Dead Certain, despite its killer title, seem dated; its stories have a ripped-from-the-faded-headlines feel. But there are moments when the usually guarded president appeared to open up to Draper..." San Antonio Express-News

Review:

"Bush seems to lack the intellectual curiosity that makes for an interesting mind. For all of Draper's admirable effort to paint a full picture, warts and all, it is a bit of a struggle to read more than 400 pages about George W. Bush." Anthony Lewis, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"While his narrative offers nuance, at heart Draper's characterization of the president is overly familiar: Bush as frat boy...someone who doesn't invite dissenting opinions....While the book offers fresh insights into the demeanor and behavior of Bush and his staff, it has few 'aha' revelations." Rocky Mountain News

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277297
Author:
Draper, Robert
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Draper, Robert
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States--Foreign relations--2001-
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 21.735 oz

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Product details 480 pages Free Press - English 9780743277297 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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "To portray Bush as unfailingly bright-eyed is old news and makes Dead Certain, despite its killer title, seem dated; its stories have a ripped-from-the-faded-headlines feel. But there are moments when the usually guarded president appeared to open up to Draper..."
"Review" by , "Bush seems to lack the intellectual curiosity that makes for an interesting mind. For all of Draper's admirable effort to paint a full picture, warts and all, it is a bit of a struggle to read more than 400 pages about George W. Bush."
"Review" by , "While his narrative offers nuance, at heart Draper's characterization of the president is overly familiar: Bush as frat boy...someone who doesn't invite dissenting opinions....While the book offers fresh insights into the demeanor and behavior of Bush and his staff, it has few 'aha' revelations."
"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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