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by Glenn Greenwald

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Greenwald examines the black-and-white, Good-versus-Evil rhetoric used to sell the war in Iraq, the Bush Administration's incompetent foreign policy (particularly with respect to Iran), and the reprehensible actions of our government that shock the conscience of any American who respects the freedoms in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. He provides a wealth of detail and shows how the actions of the Bush Administration offend the principles of both liberals and conservatives. ( )
  slothman | Apr 23, 2008 |
This book is an extremely well written and well-researched piece of work that helps to understand why the Bushies do things that seem so stupid. It's not that they're stupid. It's that they are in the grip of a Good vs. Evil worldview that justifies any action at all in the service of "Good" and that demonizes any opposition as part of an Evil grouping. Thus Democrats and Republicans who oppose the Bush decimation of civil liberties become part of the side of Evil. And that same decimation is championed as an ultimate good.

Greenwald's got a great book here, I'd strongly recommend it to anyone interested in trying to understand what's going on in the US these days and for the past six years. ( )
  sabreader | Jul 30, 2007 |
The cave in by the Media regarding the Bush Presidency is hard
to believe. How did the Press get so fearful of the dicates of Bush? ( )
  RJR109 | Dec 31, 1969 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307354199, Hardcover)

What will be the legacy of President George Walker Bush? In this fascinating, timely book, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long-term effect on the nation. What began on shaky, uncertain ground and was bolstered and propelled by tragedy, has ultimately faltered and failed on the back of the dichotomous worldview—good versus evil—that once served it so well. In A Tragic Legacy, Greenwald charts the rise and steep fall of the current administration, dissecting the rhetoric and revealing the faulty ideals upon which George W. Bush built his policies.

On September 12, 2001, President Bush addressed the nation and presented a very clear view of what was to come—a view that can be said to define his entire presidency: “This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil.” Based on his own Christian faith and backed by biblical allusions, Bush’s worldview was basic and binary—and everyone was forced to choose a side. Riding high on public support, Bush sailed through the early “War on Terror,” easily defining our enemies and clearly setting an agenda for defeating them.

But once the war became murkier—its target unclear, its combatants no longer seen in black-and-white—support for Bush and his policies dropped precipitously. Glenn Greenwald brilliantly reveals the reasons behind the collapse of Bush’s power and approval, and argues that his greatest weakness is the same rhetoric that once propelled him so far forward. Facing issues that could not be turned into simple good versus evil choices—the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, his plans for Social Security “reform,” and, most ironic, the failed Dubai ports deal—Bush faltered and fell. Now, Greenwald argues, Bush is trapped by his own choices, unable to break out of the mold that once served him so well, and indifferent to the consequences.

A Tragic Legacy is the first true character study of one of the most controversial men ever to hold the office of president. Enlightening, powerful, and eye-opening, this is an in-depth look at the man whose incapability and cowboy logic have left America at risk.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:53 -0400)

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Constitutional law expert Greenwald examines the George W. Bush presidency and its long-term effect on the nation, dissecting the rhetoric and revealing the faulty ideals upon which Bush built his policies. On September 12, 2001, Bush presented a clear view of what was to come--a view that can be said to define his entire presidency: "a monumental struggle of good versus evil." Based on his own Christian faith, Bush's worldview was basic and binary--and everyone was forced to choose a side. Riding high on public support, Bush sailed through the early "War on Terror," easily defining our enemies and clearly setting an agenda for defeating them. But once the war became murkier, support dropped precipitously. Greenwald argues that his greatest weakness is the same rhetoric that once propelled him forward. Now, Greenwald argues, Bush is trapped by his own choices, unable to break out of the mold that once served him so well.--From publisher description.… (more)

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