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Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush Paperback – March 25, 2008
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"What Draper does with great skill in Dead Certain is debunk caricatures of George Bush, both positive and negative. In place of the dim-witted bogeyman of the left and the resolute hero of the right, Draper introduces a three-dimensional man full of contradictions." -- Salon.com
"A fascinating look at both [the Bush] presidency and his personality." -- Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News
"Draper is no apologist for the administration, and for Bush-bashers there are plenty of nuggets.... But the overall portrait sheds a humanizing light on a much-vilified president." -- Los Angeles Times
"An intimate portrait of a White House racked by more infighting than is commonly portrayed." -- The Washington Post
"Amazing...stunning." -- New York Post
"Washington's hottest dinner-party book this autumn." -- The Observer (UK)
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The Bremer/Bush issue is a particularly good read. Almost novel-like.
This author has a smooth but intense way of writing that keeps you wanting to get to the next page. I read it on a cross-country flight and got irritated everytime the stewardess asked if I was ready for dinner - I wanted to keep reading! :)
I would like to have seen a little more in the book relative to Dick Cheney just because of the fascinating relationship that is.
Overall, if you are a political junkie, this book will be a page-turner for you. Highly recommended.
Great for historical buffs who want to learn about GWB and how he got us into thie Iraq mess that we will be in for quite some time, 'Dead Certain' is an easy book to recommend for the masses.
"Dead Certain" also reaffirms Bush as resolute (stubborn?) and not liking to receive bad news (Bush has "an almost petulant heedlessness to the outside world"), as well as totally committed to his exercise regime. More importantly, I believe that any book on the Bush presidency should devote considerable effort covering V.P. Cheney's role (this was not accomplished in "Dead Certain") and greater insight into the decision-making on executive power and the treatment of detainees.
Most books about GWB are written by authors with an obvious agenda. However, in the case of Draper's 'Dead Certain' I believe he is toeing the line. While he is clearly not a liberal by any means he also doesn't come off as a Sean Hannity conservative either.
The book is written from personal conversations Draper had with the president in the oval office (six in all) and over 200 members of his staff. Over time GWB becomes comfortable with Draper and probably reveals some conversations he either regrets having or believed the author would never print. This is where Draper proves he is loyal to nobody but the reader!
In fact, you would think some of the things GWB said was leaked and then written by Al Franken or another liberal author. Conversation's about making million like his father Clinton are making. Or other conversation's where he blames John Robert's for the idea of appointing Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court which lost him his half his loyal base.
Draper even speaks about the disdain 1st Lady Laura Bush has for advisor Karl Rove in the book. It is said her nickname for Rove is "PigPin" from Charlie Brown. You can draw your own conclusion to why she labled him with that monicker which is hilarious!
Buy the book and read it! I give it only 3 stars because I don't enjoy reading anything about GWB quite honestly. However, as a person who likes politics when the truth is being told (which is rare) I am a fan. A book that give's the truth about the GWB administration is especially rare!
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The one star was a gift. Do not waste your money on this trash. Draper goes on-and-on about Bush's need for exercise and rest but does not elaborate on the reason for such a... Read morePublished 21 days ago by NJR
This guy just pisses me off, every time I read or watch something about this POS I get more pissed off about the things he did to this country. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Hawthorne
Even if you voted for this guy you will be disappointed. I do not recommend anyone to purchase this book.Published on September 5, 2013 by Gloria C. Vanbibber
Impartial, skillfully researched -easy to read -I would reccomend this book without hesitation Bush was way over his head and is responsible for a number of tragic mistakes Draper... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Roger Rowe
An interesting read. The author's point of view is very obvious. It depends which side of the fence one is on.Published on January 19, 2013 by Adonna Wilkinson
Robert Draper painted a portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush less than two years before its conclusion in Dead Certain. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Scrapple8
I thought this was a well-written, insightful, and objective book. The title of the book threw me off. The title suggested the book would be a bashing of George W. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Caballo
This book was published in 2007. It seemed odd to me that the author would publish the book now rather than waiting until 2009 in order to review the entire Bush presidency. Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by Gary Miller