Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush

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Donald R. Kelley, Todd G. Shields
Texas A&M University Press, 2013 - Art - 173 pages
Some of today's most prominent experts on the American presidency offer their perspectives, commentary, and analyses in this volume of studies, commissioned by the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and the Blair Center of Southern Politics and Culture, both at the University of Arkansas. With a shared focus on Bush's decision-making style, the impact of increasing partisanship, economic issues, especially after the 2008 financial meltdown, and, of course, the cumulative impact of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the contributors link their observations and conclusions to broader political and policy-related questions. They also take the opportunity to compare the Bush presidency with that of his successor, Barack Obama, through the latter administration's experience of disappointment in the 2010 congressional elections. The debate over the Bush legacy will not soon end, and this volume does not presume to offer the definitive, final commentary. It does, however, bridge the gap between dispassionate academic commentary written essentially for scholars and the sort of informed and unbiased analysis written for a larger public audience, contributing to the public understanding of our recent national experience. It contributes significantly to the beginnings of careful, systematic consideration of the George W. Bush presidency. -- From publisher's website.

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About the author (2013)

MARK SANDERS is the author of a number of poetry collections, including Conditions of Grace: New and Selected Poems. His work has been widely published in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. A long-time native of Nebraska's plains, he currently calls Nacogdoches, Texas, home.

CHARLES D. JONES is the author and artist of the prize-winning memoir, Chopper Blues, a collection of prose and illustrations commemorating his involvement in the first wave of combat Marines to Vietnam in 1965. He is Professor Emeritus of Art from Stephen F. Austin State University.