Smith, Jean Edward Bush

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Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a "comprehensive and compelling" (The New York Times) life of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself--most disastrously in invading Iraq--and how these decisions were often driven by the President's deep religious faith.

George W. Bush, the forty-third president of the United States, almost singlehandedly 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, a "well-rounded portrait...necessary and valuable in this election year" (Christian Science Monitor), 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. 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.

"An excellent initial assessment of a presidency that began in controversy...and ended with the international and domestic failures that saddled Bush with the most sustained negative ratings of any modern president" (Dallas Morning News), this comprehensive evaluation will surely surprise many readers. "Written in sober, smooth, snark-free prose, with an air of thoughtful, detached authority, the book is nonetheless exceedingly damning in its judgments about George W. Bush's years in office" (The Washington Post).

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"Harsh though the book is, overall it is well-researched, well-written and convincing."--Morton Kondracke "The Wall Street Journal "

"A comprehensive and compelling narrative."--Peter Baker "The New York Times "

"Smith is particularly good on the nuances of Bush's character. . . . [A] carefully researched portrait."--David M. Shribman "The Boston Globe "

"Anyone prone to romanticize the old GOP should take a bracing shot of Bush, a hefty biography of our 43rd president by the prolific and acclaimed biographer Jean Edward Smith. Written in sober, smooth, snark-free prose, with an air of thoughtful, detached authority, the book is nonetheless exceedingly damning in its judgments about George W. Bush's years in office. . . . Authoritative and trustworthy."--David Greenberg "The Washington Post "

"A swift and damning judgment on the 43rd president. . . . Smith writes with a deft sweep and sense of history."--Ray Locker "USA Today "

"Pulls no punches. . . . A fair, comprehensive and highly readable account of a critical period that is sure to be reassessed by historians over the coming decades."--Ray Harkavy "Associated Press "

"A thought-provoking book that anybody who wants to understand the opening years of this millennium must read."--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"Makes a voluminously detailed -- and compelling -- case that vindication is unlikely to come for the Bush administration anytime soon."--Glenn C. Altschuler "The San Francisco Chronicle "

"A well-rounded portrait of Bush as president. . . . Smith's account is necessary and valuable in this election year."--Erik Spanberg "Christian Science Monitor "

"An excellent initial assessment of a presidency that began in controversy . . . and ended with the international and domestic failures that saddled Bush with the most sustained negative ratings of any modern president."--Carl P. Leubsdorf "Dallas Morning News "

About the Author:

Jean Edward Smith taught at the University of Toronto for thirty-five years, and at Marshall University for twelve. He has also been a visiting scholar at Columbia, Princeton, and Georgetown. He is the author of Bush, a biography of the 43rd president; Eisenhower in War and Peace; FDR, winner of the 2008 Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians; Grant, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist; and John Marshall: Definer of a Nation.

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