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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press and American Enterprise Institute (April 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815728840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815728849
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,144,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although the book addresses a topic that many find confusing, the authors explain terms and issues clearly and concisely and make the topic easily accessible to the lay reader. The book offers insightful analysis of the important questions surrounding campaign finance laws and is an excellent reason for anyone interested in money and campaigns. Essential." —R. L. Welch, West Texas A& M University, CHOICE, 3/1/2007

"Those interested in presidential history, President Bush, and recent history will highly enjoy reading this book." — Curled Up with a Good Book, 9/20/2007

"As a worked aimed at alerting the media and the broader public to the issues of governing, Second-Term Blues succeeds admirably. Each of the chapters provides important historical background information pertaining to the George W. Bush presidency and each offers important and accessible insights into the performance of this should be useful reading for anyone interested in understanding [Bush's] complex and controversial presidency." —James M. Penning, Calvin College, American Review of Politics

About the Author

John C. Fortier is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for The Hill. He is the author of Absentee Voting and Early Voting: Trends, Promises, and Perils (AEI, 2006). Norman J.Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News and writes a weekly column,"Congress Inside Out," for Roll Call.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham Cooke on March 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
No, not another book on Dubya I can hear you say, and indeed the 43rd president of the United States must be one of the most picked-apart political figures of this and any age. So what is this slim volume, a neocon paean to the guardian of Western values in the war on terror or a liberal-left diatribe against the architect of the pointless Iraqi quagmire?

Well, in fact neither. Second Term Blues is a partly successful attempt to do some serious analysis of the Bush presidency in its second term and if its title sounds judgemental, it is a conclusion reached after thorough and objective analysis by some of the country's most experienced and canniest observers.

There is general agreement that while Bush began his second term in a relatively strong position determined to "spend political capital" after his re-election, he enters his final months very much the lame duck, minus any major achievements either at home or internationally and with hopes of a positive legacy rapidly evaporating.

Dan Balz, of the Washington Post, sees a combative president who initially thrived on his reputation as a strong can-do leader in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the momentum just sufficient to take him to re-election in 2004. However by 2005 he was taking some serious hits, including the Terri Schiavo case, Hurricane Katrina and an Iraq War going from bad to worse.

Fred Greenstein, of Princetown University, believes Bush over-estimated the political capital he could take from the tight 2004 re-election with already more than a third of electorate expressing "strong disapproval" of his performance.
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