George W. Bush The American Presidents Series: The 43rd President, 2001-2009

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-02-03
  • Publisher: Times Books

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The controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the war on terror

George W. Bush stirred powerful feelings on both sides of the aisle. Republicans viewed him as a resolute leader who guided America through the September 11 attacks and retaliated in Afghanistan and Iraq, while Democrats saw him as an overmatched president who led America into two inconclusive wars that sapped the nation's resources and diminished its stature. When Bush left office amid a growing financial crisis, both parties were eager to move on.

In this assessment of the nation's forty-third president, James Mann sheds light on why George W. Bush made the decisions that shaped his presidency, what went wrong, and how the internal debates and fissures within his administration played out in such a charged atmosphere. He shows how and why Bush became such a polarizing figure in both domestic and foreign affairs, and he examines the origins and enduring impact of Bush's most consequential actions-including Iraq, the tax cuts, and the war on terror. In this way, Mann points the way to a more complete understanding of George W. Bush and his times.

Author Biography

James Mann is the author of six books on American politics and national security issues, including The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet and The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power. A longtime correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, he is currently an author-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note XV
Prologue 1
1.​ ​“A Good-­Time Guy” 5
2.​ ​The Rising Politician 20
3.​ ​The New President and His Tax Cuts 42
4.​ ​September 11 53
5.​ ​Iraq 72
6.​ ​Reelection and Its Unhappy Aftermath 88
7.​ ​Second-­Term Changes 107
8.​ ​“I’m Going to Be Roo­se­velt, Not Hoover” 124
Epilogue 139

Notes 147
Milestones 163
Selected Bibliography 169
Ac­know­ledg­ments 173
Index 175

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