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This is an excellent book published before all of the Bush staffers begin to write their memoirs after his term.
W is an easy target. A biography critical of W can be piecing together by recounting endless verbal tics and the instances he is caught in a lie. This author is personally acquainted with W and says that he is far smarter, wittier, and more charming than his public persona.
The author’s premise is to cast W as Henry V in Shakespeare’s play by that name. Bush Sr. is obviously Henry IV. Henry V spends an indolent youth boozing it up with Falstaff and on accession to the throne, he attacks France, wins the Battle of Agincourt, and becomes one of England’s best loved kings.
This is obviously not how things will turn out for W and for that matter the real Henry V is castigated by historians. W’s approval ratings are in the 20% range. His legacy does not appear to promising. According to the author, W is devouring books to find a favorable comparison to political figures that were vindicated by history.
Whether or not you like W, if you are interested in the man, you should read this book.
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The author, Jacob Weisberg, gives a great overview of the years pertaining to both Bush administrations, Bush the Elder and Bush Junior. I usually don't put too much credence into birth orders and family dynamics, but in this case, I can definitely see where the younger Bush was driven and compelled to compete with and be better than his father and his siblings.
If that's the case, then this book really lays out the great overview of all those dynamics!
I hope that's the last Bush we'll see in the White House!
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