The Chameleon President: The Curious Case of George W. Bush: The Curious Case of George W. Bush
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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Chapter 2 The Callow Frat Boy
Chapter 3 The BornAgain President
Chapter 4 The Conservative Texan
Chapter 5 The Man Who Would Be King
Chapter 6 The Incredible Oedipal Bush
Chapter 7 The Corporate Crony
Chapter 8 The Evil President