Publisher description for Dead certain : the presidency of George W. Bush / Robert Draper.

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In this ambitious work of political narrative, Robert Draper takes us inside

the Bush White House and delivers an intimate portrait of a tumultuous

decade and a beleaguered administration. Virtually every page of this book

crackles with scenes, anecdotes, and dialogue that will surprise even long-

time observers of George W. Bush.

With unprecedented access to all the key figures of this administration --

from six one-on-one sessions with the president, to Laura Bush, Dick Cheney,

Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, Karl Rove, and perhaps 200 other players,

some well-known, some not -- Draper has achieved what no other journalist

or contemporary historian has done thus far: he has told the story of the

Bush White House from the inside, with a special emphasis on how the very

personality of this strong-willed president has affected the outcome of


Bush loyalists and the growing number of Bush detractors will all find much

to savor in this riveting political page-turner. We begin with a revealing

lunch at the White House where a testy, hot dog-chomping president finally

unburdens himself to the inquisitive reporter, a fellow Texan who well

understands the manly argot that courses through this administration.

We revisit the primaries of election-year 2000, in which the character of

the candidate and indeed the future of the Republican Party were forged in

the scalding South Carolina battle with Senator John McCain. We proceed

forward to witness intimately the confusion and the eloquence that followed

the September 11 attacks, then the feckless attempts to provide electricity

to a darkened Baghdad, the high- and lowlights of the 2004 re-election bid,

the startling and fruitless attempt to "spend capital" by overhauling the

Social Security system, the inept response to Katrina, the downward

spiraling and increasingly divisive war in Iraq.

Though the headlines may be familiar, the details, the utterly inside

account of how events transpired will come as fresh reportage to even the

most devoted followers of mainstream media coverage. In this most press-

wary of administrations, Robert Draper has accomplished a small miracle: He

has knocked on all on the right doors, and thus become the first author to

tell a personality-driven history of the Bush years. In so doing, he allows

us to witness in complete granularity the personal force of a president

determined to achieve big things, who remained an optimist in the face of a

sometimes harsh unpopularity, who confronted the history of his time with

what can surely be described as dead certainty.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Bush, George W. -- (George Walker), -- 1946-
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-
Pride and vanity -- Political aspects -- United States.