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What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

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"'I've written it not to settle scores or enhance my own role,' McClellan says, 'but simply to record what I know and what I learned,' and on the whole this seems to be the case....By and large...McClellan is, or appears to be, honest in claiming that his views changed over time and that the process gave him little pleasure." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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Scott McClellan was one of a few Bush loyalists from Texas who became part of his inner circle of trusted advisers, and remained so during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Drawn to Bush by his commitment to compassionate conservatism and strong bipartisan leadership, McClellan served the president for more than seven years, and witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course.

In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides. Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we prepare to elect a new leader.

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"I still like and admire George W. Bush," writes Scott McClellan, who served Bush for two years and nine months as White House press secretary. "I consider him a fundamentally decent person, and I do not believe he or his White House deliberately or consciously sought to deceive the American people." Yet the entire brunt of McClellan's book is precisely the opposite: that Bush and "his top advisers,"... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[T]here's never been anything in presidential history quite like the stream of self-justifying memoirs this administration already has generated....McClellan sheds interesting new light on the president's obviously pivotal relationship with former national security advisor Condoleezza Rice." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

With unprecedented candor, one of George W. Bush's closest aides takes readers behind the scenes of the Bush presidency, and what exactly happened to take it off course

About the Author

Scott McClellan served as White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006. before that he served as the principal deputy White House press secretary and as traveling press secretary for the bush-Cheney 2000 campaign. Earlier in his career, Mr. McClellan served as deputy communications director in the Texas governor's office and campaign manager for three successful statewide campaigns. He is now a senior adviser to a global technology firm and communications strategist. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives near Washington, D.C

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586485566
Author:
McClellan, Scott
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Political corruption -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp. b/w photo insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 23 oz

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Product details 368 pages PublicAffairs - English 9781586485566 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "'I've written it not to settle scores or enhance my own role,' McClellan says, 'but simply to record what I know and what I learned,' and on the whole this seems to be the case....By and large...McClellan is, or appears to be, honest in claiming that his views changed over time and that the process gave him little pleasure." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "[T]here's never been anything in presidential history quite like the stream of self-justifying memoirs this administration already has generated....McClellan sheds interesting new light on the president's obviously pivotal relationship with former national security advisor Condoleezza Rice."
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With unprecedented candor, one of George W. Bush's closest aides takes readers behind the scenes of the Bush presidency, and what exactly happened to take it off course
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