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The People V. Bush: One Lawyer's Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters along the Way Paperback – January 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; First Edition edition (January 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603582096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603582094
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,141,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dennett's book describes, from the inside, the birth of a movement to hold top US officials to the rule of law. The eventual success of that movement will be furthered by the success of this remarkable book. Dennett has done us a great service, first by her work and now by her chronicling of it."--David Swanson, cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org and author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union



"Charlotte Dennett--one of the gutsiest women in America--has written an energized, no-holds-barred account of her efforts to hold our leaders criminally accountable for shredding the Constitution. This is a woman who is not scared to call illegality by its true name and who believes in the rule of law the way the Founders intended. The 'accountability' movement deserves broad attention and deep support from across the political spectrum and this book is an unmissable part of its story."--Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The End of America and Give Me Liberty



"In November 2008, after an 18-month study, the Senate Armed Services Committee concluded, without dissent, that President Bush's Executive Memorandum of Feb. 7, 2002 'opened the door' to the use of torture techniques--crimes under U.S. and international law. And the corporate media yawned. I, for one, am grateful that Charlotte Dennett is not yawning. Although it has become a benighted view in Washington that everyone is accountable under the law, Dennett is in hot pursuit of criminals-in-chief and their cronies to bring them to justice. You ought to read this book."--Ray McGovern, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)



"George Bush took America to war in Iraq on a lie, causing incalcuable death, horror, and suffering. In this very important and consequential book, Charlotte Dennett, a true American patriot who has been on the front lines of trying to bring Bush to justice, informs all who care deeply about this country what has to be done so that it never happens again."--Vince Bugliosi, bestselling author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

About the Author

Charlotte Dennett, author and attorney, has been practicing law in Vermont since 1997 with an emphasis on personal injury litigation and suing the government under the Freedom of Information Act. She's also been a reporter in the Middle East and is the coauthor with her husband, Gerard Colby of Thy Will Be Done--The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil. She and her husband live in Cambridge, Vermont. You can visit her blog on the Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/charlotte-dennett.


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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Hiller VINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
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... to holding our elected officials accountable to their actions while they are in office.

Intially, I balked at selecting this book from the Amazon Vine program. A self-admitted progressive and thoroughly proud liberal, I thought that the subject was increasingly passe and that the clock had expired on this subject. Still, in looking at the book and reading some of the contents, it still appealed to me, so selected the book I did. I was surprsied and pleasantly intrigued by Charlotte Dennett's very approachable and readable book "The People v. Bush".

Dennett's book is her recounting of her run as attorney general for the state of Vermont, a place she deems as a hot bed of progressivism in this country. After reading Vincent Bugliosi's book "The Prosecution of George Bush for Murder", Dennett is inspired to run for the office on the platform that Bush should be tried for murder. Not war crimes, she says repeatedly through the text, but murder. The campaign doesn't succeed (she faced a popular and well-funded Democratic challenger), but her zest and conviction for the cause continues to this day.

Dennet's writing style is sincere and approachable. Her reverence for Bugliosi is extremely evident throughout the writing, and I can imagine those people who don't care for him or his legal views will seriously have issues with the story. In fact, her blind admiration for him is almost too much, and almost paints him in too good of a light, which made me reduce the stars of my review by one.

I'm sure that some readers of the book, possibly conservatives or Bush supporters, will waste no time taking apart Dennett's arguments, and will post in future reviewers how wrong she is.
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Charlotte Dennett writes with incredible passion for her subject. Getting the former president is her goal and she is really wanting to get this done. She details her work over the last two years and all of her contacts within that sphere. Touching upon the Impeachment Crowd, the anti toture crowd and the Try the president for war crimes crowd.

For those on the hard core right, I think you may want to take a breath before you read this. Especially the first couple of chapters. I think the author would get more resonance from all sides if she were to keep her politics aside until later. Even when talking about it, she could mention these things as her view. I am amazed though that much of what she says will resonate with any point of view. She is not a 'conspiracy theorist' but those who are so on the extreme may get a lot out of this. Additionally, anyone who has felt slighted about the way we got into Iraq would like the way she pieces together her findings.

One thing of interest for me, I have read parts of the book that inspired her to do what she is attempting. Bugliosi's book, "Trying George Bush for Murder." He says and she quotes him when he is talking about the trial of Sadam Hussein after his capture. He is really upset that the prosecution is trying him for the murders of over 130 people who were accused of an attempted assassination of Sadam, 'he killed those who wanted to kill him.' Also, he mentioned the fight that went on in the south where towns were attacked, but these towns were rebelling, so, it was more like a battle. My thoughts though, he mentions 59 of the 130 plus being Abu Gharib, but fails to mention how Sadam had many of them immediately assassinated outside of the parliament building. There was no trial for many of these men.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paul VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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While I fully believe that much of the Bush Administration's history is steeped in the lies that were presented as fact to bring the Nation to the invasion of Iraq, it was very hard to wade through this book. Nevermind that I am one of those progressives who firmly believe that and that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and company should all be brought up on charges of war crimes, treason and conspiracy, in the end, I just could not finish it.
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Charlotte Dennett was inspired to run for Attorney General of Vermont after reading Vincent Bugliosi's *The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder*. Had she won she would have filed charges (along with Mr. Bugliosi's able support) against George Bush. Unfortunately, she was up against a popular candidate and, once she decided to run, she only had 2 months to campaign before the election. Another problem for such candidacies which is not mentioned in her book is that the so-called elite of the mainstream press refuses to cover 3rd party candidates. Many would undoubtedly have contributed to Ms. Dennet's campaign had they known of it (perhaps this is why national coverage is so sparse?). This book is about that campaign but in it she also discusses some other progressive political happenings in Vermont such as the fact that George Bush will be arrested should he enter the town of Brattleboro.

IMHO it shouldn't matter whether one is a conservative, a liberal (more recently labeled progressive), a Democrat or Republican, I now have to ask why should only progressives support efforts to try George Bush for murder? There are principles involved all should support. After all, he attacked Iraq on false pretensions and, to this day, he refuses to apologize for it even though it has been proven that's exactly what he did. And under the guise of 9/11 too. For shame. But find one of his 22% (or less) supporters who will admit to this . . . And why is it that we can send someone away for years for smoking a joint and yet Bush lied about the war and hence is responsible for each and every death attributable to that war and worse still hid their returning coffins from us yet is still allowed to walk among us a free man? But, as usual, I digress.
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