Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 25, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Dead Certain is a story told in six sections. Beginning with an immersion into Bush the nascent politician (entitled "Baptism"), we see in "Through Our Tears" a mandate-less new President evincing both collegiality and defensiveness as he pursues his conservative agenda. "Dark City On A Hill" describes the contentiousness that attends the roll-up to Iraq and the queasy slide from Mission Accomplished to the occupation of a broken nation.The final section, "A Laying On Of Hands," finds a once-swaggering presidency desperately moving from one gambit to another in an effort to right its sagging agenda, culminating in the 2006 midterm elections that decide the fate of a hobbled administration.
Far from being a retelling of well-known events, Dead Certain plumbs both the natural drama and the behind-the-scenes granularity of George W. Bush's episodic presidency. It will be regarded as a classic, inside account of this troubled presidency.
 

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Review: Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

User Review  - Ray Blanchard - Goodreads

Very well written and honestly told. Draper does a great job of telling it like it is with partisan politics. A true straight shooter. Read full review

Review: Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

While I really like this book, and it has given me a great deal more appreciation of for President Bush, I'm constantly noting that entire issues and scandals are glossed over. I feel this book does a ... Read full review

Contents

New Hampshire
3
Texas
28
South Carolina
59
Part
73
THROUGH OUR TEARS
85
Doing a Few Things Right
109
Then
127
DARK CITY ON A HILL
161
Part
275
EightYear Men
277
Big Ball Long Bomb
291
Heck of aJob
305
This Is Not Your Daughter
338
Part
341
THE THUMPIN
355
The Bolten Bounce
357

Drumbeats
174
The Grid
191
Thanksgiving
214
A CHOICE NOT A REFERENDUM
219
The OneLegged Runner
221
You Know Where I Stand
230
Ask President Bush
247
Stand with Me
264
The Phantom Fence
372
I Owe You a Strategy Thatll Work
386
A Fine Line Between Realism and Pessimism
394
Epilogue
409
Source Notes
421
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
441
Index
445
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Robert Draper has been a national correspondent for GQ magazine for the past decade, and prior to that was senior editor at Texas Monthly. He lives in Washington, D.C. He is author of a novel, Hadrian's Walls (Knopf), and the biography Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History.

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