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As is typical for a book covering a political topic like this one, you will find most reactions are either in the over-the-top-hate-it or over-the-top-love-it category. If you hate Bush and are even more stirred up by the least rumor of some conspiracy, you are not likely to read even part way through this book, which is really too bad. I found the book very insightful on many aspects of Bush. One area in particular that was very good was the author's coverage of Bush's relationship with his Father, which is, I now understand, much more complicated than I had guessed. I found some of the most interesting sections dealt with how and why Bush gets the left so upset because it reminds me of some of my personal reactions to Clinton, the President, when he got the right so upset not too long ago. But I think this is something many of the people so rightously upset by Bush today are going to learn the hard way. If you like Bush already, this book will explain a lot of how the man is able to accomplish so much. Anyway I highly recommend taking the time to listen to it.
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The facts that Podhoretz brings into near categorical alignment speak for themselves. My fellow reviewers have failed even to note a single "balloon-trick" from the tome. The author clearly favors the Bush presidency, but spares no expense to qualify his enthusiasm with genuine criticism on certain Bush policies. This is not twisting, but unambiguous articulation. But one thing Podhoretz does incredibly well is explain the overall spectrum of successes the Bush administration has had (whether or not you agree with the successes). The quick list runs like this: 2 major tax cuts, 2 successful wars, prescription drug program, homeland security, foreign policy alignment, affirmative action, and stem cell research. Bush has dealt with a whole host of issues, and most of them have gone his way. The author's description of Bush as a Poker Player can hardly be called an amorous analogy, but it accurately portrays the strategy. What my fellow reviewers can't stand is that people actually DO listen to this stuff. They rightly note that it's too early to call Bush a "great" president, but IMHO, this is just a time factor. I highly recommend this audio book.
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