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Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush Paperback – September 26, 2006
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I don't hate this book simply because I have left-wing views. I have left wing views and hate this book because it gives its readers nothing that couldn't be read elsewhere. There is no original insight, no analysis that hasn't been done a thousand times before by fans of the Bush administration. Once more is that its overly simplistic and reductionistic style is patronizing and makes conservatives look stupid. I liked Bill Clinton but I most certainly would not glorify him nearly to the degree that Barnes glorifies Bush. I know Clinton made mistakes, and conservative readers don't deserve such an overly glossy puff piece that pretends to reflect their political beliefs. Frankly, people with conservative political beliefs should be insulted because they deserve someone to speak their views with intelligence.Read more ›
So, when I noticed this, I checked a recent book by Michael Moore sold by Amazon. There are many equally partisan and rather less articulate reviews from the Right that are still there and that have been there for some time.
In other words, Amazon does not subject the Right to the same censorship.
Why? Does the publisher get to decide what reviews Amazon will publish? Does selective censorship add to the credibility of the process? Did you get a call from Karl?
Fred also sees Bush as a genius and a font of wisdom.
If I was Bush, Fred would give me the creeps.
This book is utterly ridiculous.
It is beyond absurd.
It is demented.
Anyway, I read through the early part of this "book" at Borders, and immediately regretted it. Barnes is as thoroughly prostituted in the service of the Bush wing as the rest of the Media, and this little corner of Bush propaganda is as unreal, disgusting, and fictitious as the rest of the sodden mess.
This book is about Bush the "REBEL"?
I'd have an easier time thinking of the Wall Street Journal as the Mother Jones free press.
Bush is no rebel, he's the front man for one of the slickest, most politically focussed pack of liars in history. I was laughing reading Barnes' claim, and the review above that claimed bush was "not about Polls".
This to the Bush White House, a group that lives and dies with focus groups and talking points and has had Matthew Dowd on staff for years as the official White House pollster and political officer.
This to a White House that has Karl ROve, a Political guru in the West Wing, a White House that says nothing without consulting both Dowd and Rove and issues DAILY talking points to its prostitutes in the media who then begin the long, hard day of smashing the talking points from every talk show, every newspaper, every FOX report, every columnist in their pay.
And Barnes is one of them.
I was considering giving this piece of warm tripe two stars for humor, but decided it would be dishonest.
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The main review at the beginning of this page states that everything in this book shows Bush to be right and everyone else to be wrong. I did not find that to be so. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by Wanda M. Keith Rn
This is the second book I've read now regarding the politics surrounding the Bush Whitehouse. The first was Daydream Believers which offered a more critical assessment of Bush's... Read morePublished on September 6, 2008 by N
Somehow, I suffered through this book. Yes, there were some interesting points. But I no longer remember them, as they were far outweighed by stupidity. Read morePublished on July 28, 2008 by Alyssa A. Lappen
For those that don't know much about history, here is a condensed version.
Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. Read more
Fred Barnes is a Fox television news analyst. He interviewed President George W. Bush and his top officials to report on the ways the Bush administration is using what he calls... Read morePublished on November 28, 2007 by M. A. Ramos
I could tell from watching Carmella Soprano reading this in one of the last episodes of the show that it'd be a propaganda piece. Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Ken Curran
I wish I could give this book zero stars. Is there anything in here that is true? How can anyone take it seriously? Read morePublished on May 11, 2007 by Douglas W. Trabaris
If you've read 1984 by George Orwell you will know the definition of doublethink:
Thought marked by the acceptance of gross contradictions and falsehoods,... Read more