Synopses & Reviews
Brandishing the marketing slogan "The Book They Burned is Back," J. H. Hatfield's controversial expose on George W. Bush is finally available to the public. Fortunate Son was initially published in 1999 by St. Martin's publishers. But after the book and its author received heated criticism in the media, St. Martin's recalled the title and literally destroyed all existing copies. Now, New York "guerrilla" publisher Soft Skull Press has taken up the challenge and republished Hatfield's book. The more serious of Hatfield's many allegations of front-running Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush include use of cocaine, womanizing, anti-Semitism, draft-dodging, financial connections to Osama bin Laden, and unethical campaign tactics. In a new forward that promises to be as controversial as the book itself, quotes from a 1998 interview with former Chief of Staff to President George Bush Michael Dannenhauer seem to corroborate some of Hatfield's allegations. Part of the controversy surrounding Fortunate Son, though, was the author's own credibility. Hatfield, himself, is a convicted felon, serving five years in prison for attempting to solicit the murder of his boss at a finance company in 1987. Is Fortunate Son a salacious, libelous political attack? Or is it an extensively researched, factual piece of journalism? With the book back in print, the American public can finally make an informed decision.
This new edition of the candid and controversial biography of George W. Bush offers an incisive look at Bushs questionable military history, disastrous business ventures, and the issues surrounding the 2000 presidential election. New essays and illustrations add to this book on the deeds and misdeeds of President of George W. Bush.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-367) and index.