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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812974905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812974904
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“George W. Bush was hardly the obvious man for the job. But by a very strange fate, he turned out to be, of all unlikely things, the right man.” --from The Right Man, by David Frum


From the Hardcover edition.

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The Right Man is a behind-the-scenes look at the George W. Bush White House?how the president's stature grew and how his administration followed by a former member of the Bush team who had unique access to the Oval Office. Frum offers a fascinating and unprecedented account of a sitting president.
Updated, and with a new Afterword by the author, The Right Man is an essential book for understanding Bush and his administration. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek/Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of eight books, including most recently the e-book WHY ROMNEY LOST and his first novel, PATRIOTS. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush; in 2007-2008, as senior adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. You can read him at DailyBeast.com/davidfrum and on Twitter @davidfrum

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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read a number of the reviews, and am somewhat disappointed that many reviewers take this space to express their own political views (generally along the lines of how "bad" a president George Bush has been), but not enough about the merits and entertainment value of this book. I mean, isn't that why we read books (or listen to a CD or watch a movie)? We want to be entertained, and maybe (hopefully) learn a thing or two along the way. On those standards, "The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush" passes the test easily. I read this book recently while on vacation, on a beach, to give you an idea of my state of mind while reading this book.

David Frum was a speechwriter on economic issues for about 14 months (early 2001 to early 2002). Is the account of the Bush-insider self-serving to a degree? Sure it is, but what's wrong with that? (Do you believe for one second that Bill Clinton's autobiography is not?) What appealed to me most were Frum's observations and insights on the "power struggle" between Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, and around them. In fact, for a White House administration that on the outside comes across well-disciplined, the overwhelming feeling one gets is that EVERYTHING is a power struggle. How anything ever gets decided anymore, is amazing to me.

The Amazon.com editorial review on the hardcover issue of this book is sceptical that Frum left on his own device. I never got that impression. Frum's explanation that in a post-9/11 landscape, where economic issues are secondary to fighting the war on terrorosm, and therefore the need for a economic speechwriter is greatly diminished, came across as reasonable and credible to me. Maybe I'm just naive, who knows. In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and that's good enough for me, although I imagine that many of the anti-Bush zealots may feel differently.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Crenshaw on February 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book interesting due to the level of info not found in newspapers and on television. An actual insiders view of the President and his staff. It's nice to hear that all of the negativity we hear daily about the President and his staff may not all be true.

But this isn't about politics. This is a review about a book! The book is pretty well written and tells a good story of a man whom came to the White House skeptical and had his views turned by a meeting directly with the President himself. Whatever your politics, you have to think that if a book holds information like that we should all be encouraged to read it. No matter what your affiliation.

I gave it only four stars due to the end. It seemed to drag a bit at the end and left me wanting more info about the administration.
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46 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
What made this book interesting was the author wasn't a Bush fan to begin with. This was an educational book for me, offering a look at the man and the administration that some Democrats and the news media loves to hate. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the first few chapters do paint an administration that may have been mediocre but today there is no questioning the strong leadership and values of a successful administration. I finally understand why his critics hate him so -- It's because George W. Bush did not live up to their expectations of failure, because he has turned this country around to a powerful country with a strong (and getting stronger) economy and a proud and powerful military, because he has a positive vision and truly believes in that which he says and he believe in his country, but most of all, because his critics can't figure him out. They just don't get how someone could want a strong and free America and world. George W. Bush is, beyond all words and without a doubt, the right man for the job.
He has earned my respect and support.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Metalhead on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Excuse me, Randy Dillow, this is a spot for reviews of a book, not a platform for your personal attacks on the left. While I agree with you that Ezekiel's review is filled with needlessly hateful words, yours is no better. "Liberals are the lower class", one of your statements, is uncalled for. You should be ashamed. I have an idea for liberals and conservatives. Stop the name calling, review the books using your own thoughts. The flooding of name calling, negative reviews, and generalizations are sickening in the least. That being said, this is an average book. It makes some good points, but it is yet another book by an individual who has pledged their undying loyalty to George Bush. It is hard to see someone as subjective when they cannot admit that there have been mistakes made in this administration. I know, everybody makes mistakes, but admitting them and owning up to them is the mark of true integrity. The complete lack of constructive criticism of President Bush makes this a tough read.
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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful By googa1 on December 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
On page 139, Frum talks about how rescue workers at ground zero did not vote for Bush in 2000 and guess what- they still didn't vote for him in 2004! This should make people wonder if Bush is protecting us so well, why do the people of New York, biggest threat city, didn't go with Bush in 2004? On page 142, Bush says he is going to hold responsible not only the terrorists but the governments that aid, abet, finance and shield terrorism - does this mean Bush's good friend "Bandar Bush" from Saudi Arabia? Bush says "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorist." I can't really blame Germany, France, Russia for turning away from us - Bush's good ole it's MY way or the HIGHWAY. All you people who follow Georgie blindly need to go back and read page 147 and tell me that he finally got his reason to invade Iraq on 9/11. "We're finished on taxes, except maybe for capital gains - if we win the war, we'll get our recovery." What a great strategy! And my personal favorite was the 2 paragraphs with Tom Ridge in them. Bush made Tom Ridge head of Homeland Security because he was governor of the state that a flight 93 went down in on 9/11. What since does this make? Guess if you like Bush then it makes perfect sense but there are 48% of voters who know better! For a book that was suggested to me to see the good in George Bush, this book only highlighted the very reasons that I am so afraid of him being the President of the United States.
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