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Strategery: How George W. Bush Is Defeating Terrorists, Outwitting Democrats, and Confounding the Mainstream Media Hardcover – February 27, 2006
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"Bill Sammon has some of the best sources within the Bush campaign .This book contains a treasure trove of insight." -- James Carville
"The most interesting and readable account to date of the 2004 campaign and the momentous events that have followed it." -- Brit Hume
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However, before I understood that the author covers the Whitehouse for the Washington Times, the title had me suspicious that the book was bashing Bush. The phrase, as you probably know, comes from a brilliant SNL sketch of a Presidential debate where Will Ferrell as Bush uses the word "strategery" to describe his presidency. It was a beautiful and funny moment, but did not actually represent Bush. What I did not know, until I read this book, is that Karl Rove uses the word for a weekly meeting of Whitehouse strategists.
Bill Sammon captures the story of the Bush Kerry contest for the 2004 election and this covers the first two hundred pages. The author exposes several of the breaches of journalistic ethics to try and steer the election towards Kerry including a scathing behind the scenes telling of the fake Texas National Guard memos that ended up backfiring on Rather, Mapes, and others at CBS. He also shows how CBS sat this story and gave the Whitehouse only a few hours to respond so they could paint things in a worse light. Just as they had with the Abu Ghraib scandal when Rather's on the air story conflated what the run amok soldiers did with Saddam's tortures in order to smear Bush, Rumsfeld and our armed forces. Of course, not having learned their lesson and seething with a desire to "get even", CBS set off a stink bomb late in the campaign with the help of the NY Times.Read more ›
Negative reviews call this a book for apologists. But all I saw was just a straight-forward statement of fact, all of which can be checked easily in a Lexis-Nexus search. I really didn't see much spin at all.
For example, Sammon discusses the Abu Ghraib scandal without making any excuses. It was truly a major victory for Mary Mapes and CBS News. The author admitted it happened. All he added was to point out the (obvious) difference between what the US troops did and what Saddam Hussein did.
He discusses "Memogate" at length. Whether you are pro- or anti-Bush, the fact of the matter was that after all the dust settled, Dan Rather was forced into early retirement, and CBS fired Mapes, senior VP Betsy West, and two producers. CBS News President Andrew Heyward announced that CBS was wrong to use the memos, and was later forced out himself. George Bush had nothing to do with these dismissals.
Critics insist the content of the memos was still true even if the authenticity of the docs was not. But this begs the question:
If accusations about Bush's military service were so rock-solid, how come the best evidence that a top-notch reporter like Mary Mapes could get were four documents that all four of CBS' own hired analysts refused to certify?
John Kerry really did accuse the military of atrocities back in the 1970s. All the Swift Boat Veterans did was to remind the public of fact.
How is this apologizing for George Bush?Read more ›
A lot of people probably don't want to relive the last election, but I, since it was the first election I ever voted in, look back on this past election with an extremely high regard. I think that this election was historic, and will be looked at that way in the near future. Honestly, though, it is just really gratifying to read about all the crap that the Democrats and Kerry threw at Bush for 6 straight months, only for Bush to come out on top once again. Whether it was the Abu Grhaib photos, which Sammons covers very honestly, or Memogate, which can be looked back on with pure glee, knowing the fates of Rather and Mapes, you have to admit that the cards were stacked against Bush in 2004, but he somehow pulled it off.
Off the topic of the election, though, the book continues on covering until very recently. The book examines Hurrican Katrina and the recent Supreme Court nominations, as well as a breif look at the CIA leak scandal, and the recent debates on Iraq that involved crazy Cindy Sheehan, or senile Edward Murtha.Read more ›
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This is the finest 'behind the campaign scene' book I've ever read. That goes for fiction and non-fiction alike. Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by John Lawler
This is an awesome book, I could not put it down. It's like the tv show "The West Wing" but you know it's all real life. Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by Rohn W. Bishop
I am a right wing super freak. I have no problems with the facts or views in this book. I do have a problem with the "emotional coloring" by Sammon. Read morePublished on January 23, 2007 by Bryan
This is Bill Sammon's third book on the Presidency of George W. Bush. The extraordinary access given to Mr. Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by Douglas M. Donahue Jr.
The "real John Kerry walked onto the stage in Coral Gables, Florida, and Americans saw not a cartoon, but a flesh-and-blood person with poise and grace and serious arguments about... Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by brian komyathy
Sammon's treatment of the everyday press from an insider's perspective was interesting. After reading Strategery I will never listen to a presidential press conference the same... Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by Robert C. Allen
This book was excellent. I bought it at the airport on my way to Kansas for a wedding, and had read most of it by the time my plane landed. Read morePublished on June 6, 2006 by B. Tidwell
Gosh darn, those "liberals"!, March 6, 2006
Reviewer: Ann as in "Coulter " (Washington DC) - See all my reviews
If anyone has been liberal, it's our boy,... Read more
I wish I could give this book 6 stars (or better yet, infinite stars) because George W. Bush is the best president ever. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Ollokot