• by Jean Edward Smith
  • Narrated by Tom Perkins
  • 25 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, almost single-handedly decided to invade Iraq. It was possibly the worst foreign-policy decision ever made by a president. The consequences dominated the Bush administration and still haunt us today.
In Bush, Jean Edward Smith demonstrates that it was not Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice but President Bush himself who took personal control of foreign policy. Bush drew on his deep religious conviction that important foreign-policy decisions were simply a matter of good versus evil. Domestically, he overreacted to 9/11 and endangered Americans' civil liberties. Smith explains that it wasn't until the financial crisis of 2008 that Bush finally accepted expert advice, something that "the Decider", as Bush called himself, had previously been unwilling to do. As a result he authorized decisions that saved the economy from possible collapse, even though some of those decisions violated Bush's own political philosophy.


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Covers the bases

A comprehensive look at the life, accomplishments, and failings of the 43rd president. Smith is no fan, considering Bush's presidency as a monumental failure though he does credit him with several successes such as his campaign to combat AIDS in Africa and his response to the 2008 financial crisis. In other words, Smith treads on no new ground here. This is worthy history but thin biography. A reader looking for insights into what made Bush tick, his younger years, or his relationships will find slim pickings here.
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- Scott

Good but long

I am not a great fan of Bush and it was fabulous to have WHY spelled out in detail. A fascinating look into the inside details of Bush's presidency. However, I don't think it warranted 25 hours or whatever. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. The reader is completely emotionless as he reads through absolutely unbelievable things, and this made it all the more enjoyable.
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- Jb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio