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Dead certain : the presidency of George W. Bush
Dead certain : the presidency of George W. Bush

1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Free Press, 2007.
Physical Description:
xv, 463 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: December 12, 2006. Part I: Baptism. New Hampshire -- Texas -- South Carolina. Part II: "Through our tears". The building of Bushworld -- Doing a few things right -- Then ... Part III: Dark city on a hill. Nightmare scenario -- Drumbeats -- The grid -- Thanksgiving. Part IV: A choice, not a referendum. The one-legged runner -- "You know where I stand" -- Ask President Bush -- "Stand with me". Part V: Comeuppance. Eight-year men -- Big ball, long bomb -- Heck of a job -- "This is not your daughter!". Part VI: The thumpin'. The Bolten bounce -- The phantom fence -- "I owe you a strategy that'll work" -- A fine line between realism and pessimism.
In this press-wary administration, journalist Draper has accomplished a small miracle: He has knocked on all the right doors, and thus become the first author to tell a personality-driven history of the Bush years. With access to all the key figures of this administration and perhaps 200 other players, Draper delivers an intimate portrait of a tumultuous decade and a beleaguered administration, with a special emphasis on how the very personality of this strong-willed president has affected the outcome of events. Though the headlines may be familiar, the details, the utterly inside account of how events transpired will come as fresh reportage to even the most devoted followers of mainstream media coverage. Draper allows us to witness in complete granularity the personal force of a president determined to achieve big things, who confronted the history of his time with what can surely be described as dead certainty.--From publisher description.