How Bush Rules by Sidney Blumenthal
Chronicles of a Radical Regime

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In a series of columns and essays that renowned journalist and former presidential adviser Sidney Blumenthal wrote in the three years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a unifying theme began to emerge: that Bush, billed by himself and by many others as a conservative, is in fact a radical--more radical than any president in American history. In How Bush Rules, Blumenthal provides a trenchant and vivid account of the progression of Bush's radical style--from his reliance on one-party rule and his unwillingness to allow internal debate to his elevation of the power of the vice president.

Taking readers through pivotal events such as the hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the rise of the foreign-policy neoconservatives, Abu Ghraib, the war on science, the Jack Abramoff scandal, and the catastrophic mishandling of Hurricane Katrina, the book tracks a consistent policy that calls for the president to have complete authority over independent federal agencies and to remain unbound by congressional oversight or even the law.

In an incisive and powerful introduction, Blumenthal argues that these radical actions are not haphazard, but deliberately intended to fundamentally change the presidency and the government. He shows not only the historical precedents for radical governing, but also how Bush has taken his methods to unique extremes. With its penetrating account of a critical new era in American leadership, How Bush Rules is a devastating appraisal of the Bush presidency.


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Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) was a prominent American essayist and editor. His many books include "A Preface to Politics, Public Opinion, A Preface to Morals," and "The Good Society." Ronald Steel is professor of international relations and history at the University of Southern California. He is author of "Walter Lippman and the American Century." Sidney Blumenthal, former adviser to President Bill Clinton, is the author of "How Bush Rules" (Princeton) and a regular columnist for the "Guardian" and "
Published August 10, 2006 by Princeton University Press. 416 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In the closing pages of the 23-page essay, "The Radical President", in which Sidney Blumenthal both introduces and sums up this collection of the columns he published between November 1, 2003 and April 27, 2006, there is a paragraph that sums up the Presidency of George W.

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