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The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of…

The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush

by David Frum

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The Right Man is an inside account of a historic year in the Bush White House, by the presidential speechwriter credited with the phrase axis of evil. David Frum helped make international headlines when President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union address linked international terrorists to Iran, Iraq and North Korea. But that was only one moment during a crucial time in American history, when a president, an administration and a country were transformed. Frum not only worked with Bush in the Oval Office, but travelled with him aboard Air Force One, and studied him closely at meetings and events. He describes how Bush thinks - what this conservative president believes about religion, race, the environment, Jews, Muslims and America's future. Frum takes us behind the scenes of one of the most secretive administrations in recent history. Most significant, he tells the story of Bush's transformation: how a president whose administration began in uncertainty became one of the most decisive, successful, and in the US at least, popular leaders of our time. Frum is a front-row observer and participant.… (more)



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Gosh, how does one begin to review a book like this? Mr. Frum, in accord with so much of the American right, never questions the correctness of a decision: everything is seen from the perspective of the other person's error. Mr Frum sees nothing wrong with the fact that George Bush decided upon an attack on Afghanistan, and then looked for means to justify such an act to the American people. He tells us of Mr Bush's, almost saintly, respect for human rights, but conveniently forgets to mention Guantanamo Bay.

It would be interesting to know what David Frum thinks of the war against his 'Axis of Evil', today. It is clear that, not only Obama, but the American people and most of the nations who tagged along with the war, are keen to get out as soon as possible and that, even a loss of dignity will not be enough to keep them in the Middle East for much longer.

OK, there is my criticism of the views expressed in this book, but what I do admire, is the honesty to come straight out and say what one feels. Too many people would have written a book justifying their beliefs: so to do indicates, at least some doubts, the scary thing here is that doubt is not allowed. This is an interesting read but, please God, never make me so bigoted that I cannot conceive other than that my every idle opinion is a God given truth! ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Sep 26, 2010 |
Inside accounts from speechwriters tend to be pretty good. This was not the slobbering ode to Bush I thought it would be.
  wenegade | Dec 6, 2007 |
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