Bush and Sarah Palin use ghostwriters to write their books. The ghostwriters are hired to try to make these two illiterate shills for the fascist right look like they actually have the ability to form complete sentences. Those who are addicted to right-wing political heroin will get a huge "rush" from Bush's book. Everyone else will avoid this propaganda like the plague.
Now he's being trotted out on the talk shows trying to make us believe that somehow, someway we shouldn't blame him for laying waste to this country and one or two others. Also we should feel sorry for him having to make all those hard "Decisions".
The man is a joke, one huge Texas gun slinging, privileged, unmotivated, idealistic joke. His legacy is now ours to try to repair at home and abroad.
Assuming or inferring this guy is anything more than a political and human failure is tantamount to waking up on 3rd base and assuming you hit a triple.
As I mention in my review, I think the manner and structure of how Bush tells his story is going to influence the way a lot of memoirs will be written in the future by CEOs, politicians and others. Each chapter opens with a personable, chatty and very interesting "story" about a decision. What publishers refer to as "a hook." Then, the tone and the nature of the content changes - almost as if there's a coauthor stepping in to pick-up the writing. Indeed, one wonders. I think the answer is buried in the Acknowledgements where Bush remarks about the help of Chris Michel, his Chief Speechwriter (who "knew how I talked and saw much of the history we made"). And, concedes that "much of the research for this book was conducted by the brilliant and tireless Peter Rough" and acknowledges the help of a host of others, including four MORE members of his former speechwriting staff. Thus, it appears that we now have a new genre, which I shall dub "the running commentary memoir." A wealthy or prominent politician simply gets their staff to write-up the day-to-day events, then the "author" simpy steps in and interjects their stories and commentary.
I must admit, it works. The folksy, cordial, let-me-tell-you-how-this-happened approach is very charming, in a comfortable, neighborly way and Bush pulls readers into the chapter-by-chapter decisions to be addressed. Flipping back to the Introduction, we learn where Bush got the idea for this approach. It was after meeting with several historians and deciding to record his perspective of his years as president, that he found Ulysses S. Grant's use of anecdotes as the manner he felt most comfortable in which to write his memoir. Thus, we have a memoir focused--from Bush's own perspective - on the major decisions of his presidency. Indeed, it reads more like a memoir written by a CEO, than a scholarly book like one of Barack Obama's, or the exhaustively thorough memoir by Bill Clinton.
George W Bush has been a non-participant throughout his life. A legacy at Yale, meaning he did not have to compete for entry like you and I. A duty-dodger during the VietNam war, meaning he could have sought active conflict, but chose not to. A vicious back-stabber against Ann Richards in his governorship race in Texas, again, courtesy Mr. Rove. And then we come to the Bush Family Crusade against Muslims and Saddam Hussein. The puffed-up CIA bull--it about Weapons Of Mass Destruction. And now W is wringing his hands saying he was misled? A trillion dollars later, and now he feels bad? How many soldiers paid the ultimate price, George? In most modern democracies, W would be on trial along with Cheney and the rest of the Neo-Cons for war crimes. It's not too late!
Peteschlac, Just curious....did you read the book? I won't spend one red cent to make this war criminal richer, and neither will anyone I know. I don't think I could read it without getting sick at my stomach.
I find it hard to enjoy books that are whiny. He's so self-serving in the book. And when he admited to war crimes....wow...just wow. I would have enjoyed it IF I'd see any kind of growth in the man. Something that said he really, honestly looked back on his life and examined it. There wasn't anything giving that impression.
That's because there is nothing going on in that empty head of his. Little people are no better than farm animals getting ready for slaughter, according to him and his witch Mother. We are expendable. He earned nothing in his life. Everything was with help from Daddy.....without Daddy, he'd be off in a bar, drunk, and losing at pool.
(You give yourself away with the right wing bashing, but nevertheless..)
OK, if you "know" that the books were ghostwritten, then you must know the person or persons who wrote them. So my question to you: Who wrote their books? Without an answer to that, you're just another blathering fill-in-the-blank.
You have NO proof whatsoever that their books were ghostwritten!! How dare you say that without offering proof!! I am reading Decision Points and I LOVE the book. Who cares what you loser liberals think anyway??