"Rush to Judgment
will alternatively boil one's blood and cast a chill on one's hopes for our constitutional republic. Blood will boil in indignation at the derelictions of academic, journalistic, congressional, and judicial duty that Knott exposes, while the chill will come as one surveys the accumulated results: a constitutional order out of whack, a political class overreaching, academic fields politicized, and a democratic citizenry dangerously misinformed and misguided." --Perspectives on Political Science
An impassioned and well-argued reappraisal of the presidency of George W. Bush and its use of executive power in prosecuting the war on terror. . . . The first shot in the inevitable revisionist reevaluation of the Bush administration. --Peter R. Mansoor, author of Baghdad Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq
A terrific book and a much-needed corrective to the distorted accounts that dominate public discussion of Bush. Should be required reading. --John Ehrman, author of The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan
About the Author
Stephen F. Knott is professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College and author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth; Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency;
and At Reagan s Side: Insiders Recollections from Sacramento to the White House
. He codirected the presidential oral history program at the University of Virginia s Miller Center of Public Affairs and has also served on the staff of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.