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The President of Good & Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bushby Peter Singer
Synopses & Reviews
More than any president in recent memory, George W. Bush invokes the language of good versus evil and right versus wrong. Controversial professor of ethics Peter Singer has put his spotlight on President Bush's moral claims. The results are required reading.
Examining public pronouncements that have rarely been subjected to ethical analysis, on topics from stem-cell research and tax cuts to Iraq and the drive for American preeminence, The President of Good and Evil reveals the president's pattern of ethical confusion and self-contradiction. Delivering his charges in accessible, logical, and lively chapters, Singer asks whether Bush has lived up to the values so often touted in current presidential prose.
Published just as the 2004 election frenzy heats up, The President of Good and Evil follows in the bestselling traditions of Stupid White Men and Blinded by the Right. Singer has never shied away from controversy, and now enters the most visible arena of his life, with powerful arguments that throw new light on America under Bush.
"Singer is a generous critic....[But he] is led, on issue after issue, to a double conclusion: Bush's views are not intellectually defensible, and his behavior shows he doesn't believe in them anyway." The New York Times
"Singer suggests, plausibly and scarily, that a brand of Manichaeism best represents [Bush's] religious outlook — the idea of a force of evil in the world, with an apocalyptic Second Coming imminent and America as the divinely appointed nation set to destroy the forces of Satan." Washington Post Book World
"Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential." The New Yorker
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-268) and index.
About the Author
Peter Singer's many books include Practical Ethics, Animal Liberation and most recently Pushing Time Away: My Grandfather and the Tragedy of Jewish Vienna. He appears in the print media frequently, and has been on shows such as The O'Reilly Factor and the Today show. He is a professor of bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 1
PART 1: BUSHíS AMERICA
2. A Single Nation of Justice and Opportunity 9
3. The Culture of Life 34
4. The Freest Nation in the World 63
5. The Power of Faith 90
PART 2: AMERICA AND THE WORLD
6. Sharing the World 115
7. War: Afghanistan 143
8. War: Iraq 154
9. Pax Americana 178
10. The Ethics of George W. Bush 201
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