Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President

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Soft Skull Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 383 pages
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Since 2000, "Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President has been the most talked-about Bush biography, weathering a fierce storm of controversy and suppression, After original publisher st. Martin's Press received threats from Bush campaign lawyers and saw their author destroyed in public, they withdrew their edition of 70,000 from stores with promises to burn them. We republished the book, but ran into corporate media (like "60 Minutes, and media "watchdog" "Bill's Content) intent on attacking the author. A Texas lawsuit shut down distribution of this revealing biography. Hatfield's life became the bigger story, and his message seemed destined to remain unheard. We nevertheless released an updated second edition of "Fortunate Son in June 2001, adding analyses of our "selected president" by noted historians, attorneys, and professors, and a new introduction by NYU media professor Mark Crispin Miller, author of "The Bush Dyslexicon. Shortly thereafter, on July 17, 2001, Jim Hatfield checked himself into a motel in Arkansas and took an overdose of pills, ending his own life after experiencing what Mark Crispin Miller describes as "ruination" at the hands of "the Bush machine and a compliant corporate Press," Our third edition of "Fortunate Son is now available, with a preface by Greg Palast, author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and new introductory remarks from Mark Crispin Miller. Fortunate Son and its controversial publication history are also the subjects of the new documentary film Horns and Halos by directors Michael Galinsky and Saki Hawley. "Horns and Halos has been selected as "Best Documentary" of 2002 at both the New York Underground FilmFestival and the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and is an Official Selection at the 2002 Toronto and Rotterdam International Film Festivals. "Fortunate Son provides key information to understanding not only the making of our current president, but also the machinery of American politics, and it will remain an important voice in a discussion that will not end with Bush's term in office. The list of what power and prestige can buy in this country used to exclude our highest office. "Fortunate Son and the authors whose opinions we've gathered for this new edition suggest that is no longer the case.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

Part history, part paranoia, the author sets out to demolish the myth of George W. Bush as someone who rose from a simple, humble background in Texas to the exalted position of POTUS. Somewhat ... Read full review

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A cold look at the fortunate life of a very simple individual. Read full review



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About the author (2002)

James Howard Hatfield, 1958 - 2001 James Howard Hatfield was born in 1958. He is best known for his biography of President George Bush, claiming Bush was hiding a cocaine arrest from thirty years ago. The book was entitled "Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President" and was released in 1999 after a rocky start. The book made the claim, according to unnamed sources, that a judge had a case of Bush being arrested for cocaine possession expunged, as a favor to the younger Bush's father. The book had originally been printed by St. Martin's Press in 1999, but soon after it was released, it was discovered that Hatfield had been convicted in the attempted murder of a former supervisor of his in 1988. They recalled 70,000 copies of the book in October and left another 20, 000 in storage. After St. Martin's had dropped the book, it was picked up by Soft Skull Press, a small publishing company in New York's Lower East Side. Police went to Hatfield's house on July 17 to arrest him for credit card fraud, but he was not at home. He was found the next day in a hotel room, dead, apparently from an overdose of presecription drugs. He left a note citing the failure of his book as one of the reasons he chose to kill himself. He was 43 years old.

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