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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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.
 

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User Review  - GaryMiller - LibraryThing

This book was published in 2007. It seemed odd to me that the author would publish the book now rather than waiting until 2009 in order to review the entire Bush presidency. The author spent months ... Read full review

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revealing candid behind the tie informative colorful below the skin honesty of our president. i have recommended the book to friends and to get it on overstock.com. the writer takes you on the trail ... 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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