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Destined for Destiny: The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush Hardcover – October 3, 2006

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In the tradition of Jon Stewart's America: The Book and satirical newspaper The Onion (which Dikkers runs as editor-in-chief), this faux autobiography recounts George W. Bush's mediocre rise from humble beginnings (as a child of "simple oil folks") to become the 43rd President of the United States. Dikkers and Hilleren play on every Bush stereotype, from his privileged insider perspective ("I believe in tax relief for Wal-Mart and other large department store chains which clothe and feed the poor") to his close and personal bond with his savior ("Hello, Jesus, my name is George W. Bush and I'm asking for your support in my run for Congress"), in a voice studded with Bush's trademark malapropisms. The authors also include fake artifacts, including newspaper clippings, White House memos and Bush's Yale admissions essay (complete with a note from Dad). Though the gags are often as sharp as they are stupid (chapter titles include "Then I Ran Some Companies into the Ground," "George Walker, Texas Ranger," and "The Clown-Faced Zombie I Call My Wife"), readers may find the joke wearing a little thin by the time they reach the 16-page photo spread of Bush with Jesus Christ. Readers may want to skip around to prevent satirical fatigue.
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Underscore unauthorized. Dikkers, founder and editor in chief of the satirical publication theOnion, and Hilleren, former public radio producer, joined to craft this humorous look at the life of President George W. Bush, as if penned by the forty-third president himself. They chronicle Bush's privileged childhood, his uninspiring academic performance, and his rise to wealth and influence in business and, finally, politics with the help of family connections. Written in imitation of Bush's breezy style, the facts are all there, but the tone is heavily satiric. Illustrations include a report card with grades altered, a loyalty oath signed by Laura Bush, and--after Bush's proclaimed religious conversion--the presence of Jesus in photographs of his life from babyhood through the presidential swearing-in ceremony through his speech at ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bush detractors will find this book hilarious; his fans will be apoplectic. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743299663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743299664
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Scott Dikkers is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who founded TheOnion.com. He co-wrote and edited The Onion's "Our Dumb Century," which has sold more than a half-million copies and was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Among the many other books written or co-written by Dikkers are "Our Dumb World," also a New York Times bestseller, "The Onion's Finest News Reporting," which topped 200,000 in sales, the self-help parody "You Are Worthless," the New York Times bestselling "Jim's Journal" series, and the unauthorized autobiography of President George W. Bush, "Destined for Destiny."

His latest book, "How To Write Funny," outlines the process he uses and has taught others to create popular and award-winning humor writing. It's the basis of the "Writing with The Onion" program he created in partnership with Chicago's Second City Training Center.

Dikkers explores the how-to of comedy-writing further in his weekly podcast, The Comedy Insider (www.comedyinsiderpodcast.com), which features interviews with successful comedy professionals.

He created the comic strip Jim's Journal (www.gocomics.com/jimsjournal) and is an accomplished filmmaker. Dikkers executive produced and directed Onion News Network videos, which won a Peabody Award in 2008. He also directed the feature films Spaceman and Bad Meat, as well as several award-winning short films.

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Format: Hardcover
Obviously, if you're a fan of the weekly satire at weeklyradioaddress.com, then this book is for you. But the book succeeds on its own (lack of) merits, and while it's clear some people will call it mean for the stuff on Laura, that's probably the funniest part of the book. Why has Laura been off-limits? Hillary, Nancy, Rosalyn sure weren't. I think people are overprotective because they feel a little bit sorry for her...

Anyhow, the book is savage, but the attacks would seem harmless if the book wasn't so eerily dead-on in its voice. What sticks with you is that a real Presidential autobiography (one that wasn't ghostwritten) would sound a lot like this.

And the pictures are fantastic.
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Give me a break people. The Chapter on Laura is not to be taken seriously. I mean no one has really taken a potshot at her, since she is not as controversial as Hillary or Nancy. LOL I turned heads at Borders when I was laughing out loud as I read it, so I definitely bought the book. Look at the pictures in the middle first because they are just creepy, hilarious, but creepy, perfect for Halloween.

This book is so much written in Dubya's signature English, it's scary, the authors were definitely channeling him. ;D
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GEORGE W. BUSH: PORTRAIT OF A LEADER. THE GEORGE W. BUSH LEGACY. THE BUSH TRAGEDY. Numerous biographizers have biographized about George W. Bush, the 43rd and 44th President of the United States, respectfully, but these biographies all suffer the same fatal flaw: they're filled with facts. Thusly, Mr. President - or King George, as he's fond of being called - has written the definingest account of his own life and times, entitled DESTINED FOR DESTINY: THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE W. BUSH.

More faithier than THE FAITH OF GEORGE W. BUSH, more partisaney than BUSHWHACKED, more funner than THE GEORGE W. BUSH COLORING BOOK - indeed, rawer than the finest sushi made by the most hard-workingest Chinamen, more unfiltered than even Ward Cleaver's Lucky Strikes - DESTINED FOR DESTINY tells George W. Bush's life story, in his own vernacular.

In this unauthorized, semi-autobiographical autobiography, President George W. Bush recounts his life's biography, touching upon a number of touchstone issues, including:

* His childhood struggle against excessive wealth and crippling privilege: "Like ROOTS, only white."

* His love for Laura: "I was blessed with the good fortune of meeting a wonderful small-town Texas woman who had a dazed and clueless stare reminiscent of a goat that had been struck between the eyes with a tire iron - a halting kind of beauty which every man desires in a woman."

* His non-battle with a drinking problem: "The day I realized that I was not an alcoholic changed my life."

* The Greatest Love of his Life: "Jesus."

* Al Gore: "I did not have a nickname for him because I did not have warm feelings for him.
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That description from one of the opening chapter headings is a good indication of what's in store! This book is a roller coaster ride from humor so subtle and intuitive that you conclude that the authors are actually channeling Bush to wit so ascerbic and wickedly funny that you cringe in puritan guilt while laughing so hard that tears roll. I loved the forward "by" Dick Cheney. He ends his remarks with those similar to ones he has made on the floor of the Senate (anyone remember that?). The audio book is also really entertaining, with loads of added sketches and gags narrated by the voice of Bush from [...]. If we cant' be rid of this bunch, at least we can laugh through the next (painful) 2+ years!
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Having read various accounts of the life of George W. Bush, I was familiar with most of the chapter information. As with most people in this country, we've also heard the "manglification" by Bush of the English language. And there is wide-spread press about his 91 IQ and how that relates to his thought process, attention span, interpersonal relationships, etc. This is the finest, and funniest, book that I've found that puts all of these elements together in one satire. We may never know what Bush is thinking - we might not want to know what he is thinking - but odds are that the authors have got the mindset of Bush pegged in this book, and if one of the events in Bush's life randomly comes to his mind, Bush's memories and rememberances are probably pretty close to what these guys have written. It's a hilarious book, a bit harsh once or twice, but very entertaining.
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If you like the Onion, you'll find much to like in this book. Unfortunately, it also suffers from the same flaws as the Onion.

The writing style is spot on, and manages a good parody of how Dubya would write, if his speaking style is any indication. The authors lampoon every phase of George Bush's life, and in many cases don't even have to make anything up.

Unfortunately, the book also has one of the same problems as the Onion: many of the articles there have very good headines, but the article merely restates the headline joke in various ways, rather than elaborating upon it, so that one winds up reading the same joke over and over a dozen times. The same is true of Destined for Destiny. Several of the chapters make the same point over and over, without much elaboration, until it becomes tedious rather than funny.

Still, there are plenty of good parts in here, including the photo gallery, showing Jesus by Bush's side throughout his life. You may want to skip the second half of some chapters.
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