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5 stars for content, 3 for style
on July 21, 2012
This is a solid character study of Bush. Previously I had considered that conservative philosophy is what drove Bush and his presidency, but I am now convinced by Greenwald's premise that a "good vs. evil mentality" was the main cause of his actions and decisions. Once this worldview is understood, then it is clear why Bush chose a particular course of action and stuck to it with disastrous consequences.
While I give the book five stars for content, it falls short in the area of style. Greenwald tends to repeat the same or make similar arguments throughout the book. The book could have been cut by a third by a good editor without any impact on the overall content. So if I give three stars for style, I might have given this book four stars overall. However, I subtracted one more star due to the lack of a bibliography and footnotes. He does give the month and year of a particular speech or a news article, but this is not sufficient to check the source. And often he does not indicate a book source; at one point I knew he was quoting from Richard Clarke's book "Against All Enemies", but he gave no footnote indicating this. I think it would be worthwhile for Greenwald to produce a second edition with better editing and citations.