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The President's Counselor: The Rise to Power of Alberto Gonzales (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – July 3, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly

Although a taciturn and reputedly uncharismatic man, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rose from his beginnings in Humble, Tex., to become one of the most powerful men in America. In a biography that reads like a novel, Minutaglio traces the Mexican-American lawyer's dramatic route from poor son of an alcoholic father to the most trusted aide to President Bush. While he examines Gonzales's childhood and White House days, the majority of the book focuses on how Gonzales worked himself inside the Bush family's inner circle during the early days of George W. Bush's presidential campaign. Minutaglio, journalist and author of First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty, draws an unbiased, lively portrait of Gonzales as one of Bush's most prized advisers, due to Gonzales's ability to sum up complex legal language in a few sentences and his willingness to interpret the law to fit the president's agenda. Minutaglio also explains how the timing was right for conservatives to have a Hispanic on their side. While the book is revealing about Gonzales's assimilation into Bush's white, moneyed Texas world, it offers few reactions from the Hispanic community, leaving readers to wonder what Gonzales's success means to those he left behind. 16 pages of photos. (July)
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The life of Alberto Gonzales is the quintessential American success story. From humble beginnings (literally, from Humble, Texas), he rose to become a successful corporate lawyer, counselor to the president of the U.S., and much-talked-about prospect to be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice. But his involvement in some of the more controversial policies of the Bush administration has likely killed his chances of reaching the high court. Minutaglio, author of First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty (1999), explores the enigmatic Gonzales, son of Mexican immigrants and close friend and confidant of the president. To a portrait of an ambitious but circumspect man rising in the rough politics of Houston, Minutaglio adds details of a man with a "mortician's calm" in the face of rising political strife in the Bush Texas governorship and presidency as Gonzales offered advice on the death penalty, torture of prisoners, and privacy issues. Minutaglio plumbs the personality of a man whose loyalty to the president may have compromised his professional principles. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; 1St Edition edition (July 3, 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0061119202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061119200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,878,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By aop on September 8, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Got the book at a local library.In general,I like autobiographies more,but this was ok.Some details were certainly missing,nonetheless it was a fun read.It is nice to see that hard work pays.The writer gave us the background and path that Gonzales followed..I think he would have been better off staying at Vand E.
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Bill Minutaglio has created an excellent biography about a reclusive, uncommunicative subject -- a difficult job no matter who your subject is. He limns Gonzales's background and history with deft strokes, and chronicles Gonzales's rise to power from the poor son of migrant workers to White House counsel efficiently and straightforwardly. Despite what some reviewers have said, Minutaglio avoids the partisan extremes of either side: this is neither a liberal hatchet job nor a conservative love-letter.

What Minutaglio does not entirely succeed in doing is getting inside the psyche of Alberto Gonzales. This is no fault of his own. Gonzales is reticent, retiring, and intensely private; even his close friends know only what Gonzales chooses to share with them. Gonzales himself lent little or no help to Minutaglio in crafting the book, and therefore the author had to rely on third-party sources, mostly friends, colleagues and journalists. Thusly, this book is as much an examination of Gonzales as a career lawyer and Bush advisor as it is a portrait of the man himself. Ultimately, Minutaglio is unable to answer some of the most basic questions about Gonzales: who he sees himself as being, what drives him, and why he made some of the controversial choices he has made in his career. The reader comes away believing that Gonzales himself may not have detailed and thought-out answers for these questions. Like George W. Bush, Gonzales is apparently not given to introspection and self-questioning. Minutaglio, and the rest of us, are left to try to fill in the blanks with whatever information we can compile.

Minutaglio did a laudable, even-handed job with this book considering the limitations he had to work with.
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Alberto Gonzales was recently confirmed as the 80th Attorney General of the United States. Bill Minutaglio, in his new book, The President's Counselor, describes how Mr. Gonzales rose from abject poverty at the outset of his life to become the nation's top law enforcement official.

Minutaglio presents us with a vivid and spectacular opening to the book - 2 wonderfully written chapters detailing Gonzales' early years in Humble, Texas. We are given a very evocative portrait of the sufferings of migrant workers deep in the heart of Texas - this really gives the reader a unique perspective on the upbringing of this man Alberto Gonzales.

Minutaglio recounts for the reader with the story of how Gonzales escaped this poverty, became a lawyer, and befriended George W. Bush, who was later to become the 43rd President of the United States. As an utterly loyal servant to his client, Gonzales seems to be completely subservient to the wishes of his client, including his revered friend George Bush.

As the counselor to Bush in Texas and again in Washington, Gonzales has demonstrated his loyalty and willingness to find the legal loopholes to ensure that the Bush agenda is compliant with the laws as it is promoted. However, as Minutaglio discusses, this has come at a price to Gonzales - he has been subjected to many questions about the so called "Bybee memo" which appears to have condoned torture at Abu Ghraib, and about his involvement in the domestic wiretapping program undertaken by the Bush Administration.

As George Bush rose through the political ranks to become President, Alberto Gonzales also rose through the political ranks, became a much more political player than ever before, and has now risen to the level of the nation's first Hispanic Attorney General.
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