The Chameleon President: The Curious Case of George W. Bush: The Curious Case of George W. Bush

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 13, 2011 - Political Science - 287 pages
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George W. Bush's presidency was marred by some of the worst events in modern U.S. history: the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, the events of September 11, 2001; the quagmire of the war in Iraq; widespread fear of terrorism; Hurricane Katrina and the government's delayed, inefficient response; and the Patriot Act, which greatly increased the government's ability to access citizens' private information. Which of Bush's characteristics, influences, or internal motivations were most responsible for this polarizing President's attitudes and decisions?

This book presents 11 competing views of President George W. Bush. The Chameleon President: The Curious Case of George W. Bush does not endorse a particular view of Bush; it is up to the reader to decide which portrayal best explains the 43rd president's surprisingly complex character as well as his political legacy. The author synthesizes popular claims from various sources to provide possible explanations for Bush's seemingly contradictory characteristics. Examples of the influences considered include his intelligence, immaturity, and religious beliefs; his upbringing in West Texas; his misfortune to have been in charge during a terrorist attack and a rare natural disaster; his vice president; and his unstated agendas—political, business, and family-driven.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed
1
Chapter 2 The Callow Frat Boy
21
Chapter 3 The BornAgain President
43
Chapter 4 The Conservative Texan
67
Chapter 5 The Man Who Would Be King
81
Chapter 6 The Incredible Oedipal Bush
101
Chapter 7 The Corporate Crony
121
Chapter 8 The Evil President
145
Chapter 9 Cheneys Puppet
175
Chapter 10 The Victim of Circumstances
201
Chapter 11 The FarSeeing Patriot
219
Would the Real George W Bush Please Stand Up?
235
Notes
241
Index
275
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Clarke Rountree, PhD, is professor of communication arts at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL. He earned his doctorate in rhetorical studies from the University of Iowa in 1988.

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