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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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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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According to former White House speechwriter David Frum, George W. Bush is "a good man who is not a weak man. He is impatient, quick to anger; sometimes glib, even dogmatic, often uncurious, and as a result ill-informed." All the same--well, look at the book's title. Frum chronicles a tenure spent serving a president whom he comes to admire more after the events of September 11, 2001. It is after working with Bush in times of war that Frum says of Bush "outweighing the faults are his virtues: decency, honesty, rectitude, courage, and tenacity." The Right Man creates an arc in that Frum is originally dubious of Bush's leadership capacity and ends up sold on Bush as commander-in-chief. But in truth, Frum never has far to go. He's impressed with Bush from the start and when war comes, he's more impressed. And while the book is as much about the author as the president, sections, such as an argument with Barbra Streisand and a Washington Post gossip storm may strike the reader as somewhat petty. Fortunately, there are entertaining helpings of candor: the stringent White House dress code, infighting among cabinet members, and unbelievably cool Air Force One trips. Also of particular interest are events surrounding the controversial phrase "axis of evil": Frum helps coin it, his wife boasts of that fact in an e-mail to friends, the e-mail is widely forwarded, and, soon after, Frum resigns. While both he and the White House deny he was fired, Frum is so insistent on the fact that he quit on his own that it really makes you wonder. The Right Man is a multifaceted glimpse at the life of a White House insider and a president in a time of crisis; it should appeal to readers curious to learn about the inner workings of the American presidency. --John Moe

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The conservative former presidential speechwriter who gave George W. Bush the phrase "axis of evil" says, in this book, that he came to have a great admiration for the President, despite initial misgivings. The Right Man is a multifaceted glimpse at the life of a White House insider and a president in a time of crisis; it should appeal to readers curious to learn about the inner workings of the American presidency.… (more)

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