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Beginning with his admission to the Texas National Guard during the Vietnam War (where he bypassed a waiting list of about 100,000), the authors go on to deconstruct his losing congressional bid, his failed career as an oil executive, and his role as managing partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, revealing how he was helped every step of the way by wealthy and influential friends of the family. Ever popular, Dubya has always been good at rounding up powerful players to bankroll a variety of ventures, including political campaigns. For this reason, explain the authors, along with his lineage and social status, Bush's primary allegiance is to the business community. While his speeches may deal with the "entertainment issues" of "God, guns, and gays," Bush is a "wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America," they write. They further point out that Texas ranks near the bottom of the nation in terms of a number of social categories, such as poverty, health insurance for children, and pollution, spearing the governor for his less-than-compassionate conservatism.
Shrub is not a complete Bush whacking, though. The authors laud the governor's record on education, in which he has managed to raise standards, push local control of schools, and launch a successful reading campaign. They also cite his wooing of the Hispanic vote and his ability to bridge the gap between the Christian right and the economic conservatives within the Republican party as evidence of true political acumen, though they maintain he lacks a penchant for actual governing: "From the record, it appears that he doesn't know much, doesn't do much and doesn't care much about governing." Bush has admitted that he dislikes reading, particularly about policy issues, and that he hates meetings and briefings, causing the authors to wonder, "The puzzle of Bush is why someone with so little interest in or attention for policy, for making government work, would want the job of president, or even governor."
Love him or leave him, Shrub leaves much to consider about the man who would be president. And it can be read in about a day. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Don't like her style. Her approach is not to my taste. I won't buy her work ever again even if others like her.Published 18 months ago by Dottie. Mitchell
Ok, so this book was written in 2000. Still, in retrospect, George W. Bush hardly had a "short" political career, when compared with the horrors of the following president and his... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by criscrossqz
This story is written and NARRATED by the late, beloved and lamented Molly Ivins. Her gentle Texas twang is perfect for this story about Texas politics, and she gets a good... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by ted
I bought this for someone else, but had read it years ago. She was a terrific writer. Molly Ivins and Anne Richards were the best - they will be missed. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Z
If more people had paid attention to Ms. Ivin's wryly-funny-but-dead-serious dismemberment of George W. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Felix
Well, you can't expect even-handedness in a book about the (at the time) future President Dubya, especially from the late Molly Ivins, fellow Texan and not exactly one of the Bush... Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by Muzzlehatch
If you still can't believe the first eight years of this century were real, this book will convince you. This book should embarrass everyone who voted for this clown.Published on February 27, 2009 by Pete Lister
This provides a good insight into George W. Bush's character as governor of Texas, a character that keeps "shining". Read morePublished on March 24, 2008 by Bobble Moose