The Book(s) on Bush
in rough chronological order

Glenn W. Smith.  October 11, 2004.  UNFIT COMMANDER:
Texans for Truth Take on George W. Bush.  New York: ReganBooks [HarperCollins imprint].
"Now, for the first time, the comprehensive written record of George W. Bush's military career -- more than 250 pages in all -- is presented in book form. In his introduction and commentary, longtime activist and author Glenn W. Smith, the founder of Texans for Truth, highlights such questions as: How did Bush secure his acceptance into the National Guard, despite a long waiting list? Did his father pull strings, as some have alleged, to help him avoid the draft? Why did Bush suddenly stop performing his Guard service from mid-1972 to mid-1973, as the documents show? Did Bush truly perform sufficient duties to qualify for the honorable discharge he received, or was he given special consideration? In the summer of 1972, Bush failed to appear for his required physical, and was consequently suspended from flying. Why didn't he take the physical? And why has he claimed that he kept flying for the Guard? If Bush was present at the National Guard base in Montgomery, Alabama, during the disputed period, why has no one accepted the White House's pleas to step forward and confirm that he was there?  And how do the now-discredited “Killian documents,” first aired on 60 Minutes in September 2004, affect our understanding of Bush's Guard status?
...former journalist and longtime behind-the-scenes adviser to several U.S. senators and governors, Smith has also advised major U.S. businesses and institutions on communications strategies and served as a consultant to the Rockridge Institute, a progressive think tank based in California. The author of The Politics of Deceit, Smith lives in Austin, Texas.
Charles Tiefer.  September 2004.  VEERING RIGHT: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Tiefer "...argues that President George W. Bush methodically manipulates the law to promote right-wing causes.  The beneficiaries of these machinations range from frontline pro-weapon and anti-women's rights groups to major industries that profit from lax environmental standards and military intervention in resource-rich regions. Accessibly written, legally rigorous, and meticulously documented, Veering Right demonstrates how the administration's already-ample arsenal for accomplishing ideological goals was expanded with weapons such as Attorney General John Ashcroft's social crusades and the polarizing 2004 election campaign.  Tiefer lays out a compelling case for how the administration consistently erects barriers to media and congressional oversight that might expose covert motivations to public scrutiny."
Author: Charles Tiefer is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore.  As Solicitor of the House of Representatives from 1984 to 1995 and Assistant Senate Legal Counsel before that, he represented both houses of Congress and conducted investigations on domestic and foreign affairs under four presidents. He is the author of three previous books.

Kitty Kelley.  September 14, 2004.  THE FAMILY: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty.  New York: Doubleday. [Random House imprint].
"... the First Lady of unauthorized biography reckons with the first family of the United States—and the result is at once a rich and shocking history and a very human portrait of the world’s most powerful dynasty...  At a crucial point in American history, Kitty Kelley is the one person to finally tell all about the family that has, perhaps more than any other, defined our role in the modern world. This is the book the Bushes don’t want you to read. This is THE FAMILY."
Author: Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed writer whose last three books have been number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

Graydon Carter.  September 8, 2004.  WHAT WE'VE LOST.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

"What We've Lost addresses the fragile state of U.S. democracy with a critical review of the Bush administration by one of our leading magazine editors, Graydon Carter. Carter has expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the current state of the nation in his monthly editor's letters in Vanity Fair--which have aroused widespread comment--and now provides a sweeping, painstakingly detailed account of the ruinous effects of this president...  What We've Lost is not the position paper of a policy wonk or a pundit, but the impassioned argument of a concerned citizen in response to the most precarious political crisis of our time."
Author: Graydon Carter has been the editor in chief of Vanity Fair since 1992. Previously, he was the editor of The New York Observer and the cofounder of Spy.

Aman Verjee and Rod Martin, eds.  August 30, 2004.  THANK YOU, PRESIDENT BUSH: Reflections on the War on Terror, Defense of the Family and Revival of the Economy. World Ahead Publishing.
"THANK YOU, PRESIDENT BUSH brings together the nation's leading conservative and libertarian policy makers and scholars innto one book to analyze every aspect of George W. Bush's presidency and make the compelling case that he deserves another term in office...  With an introduction written by the President's brother, Governor Jeb Bush, this landmark anthology features contributions from George Shultz, Phyllis Schlafly, James Dobson, Aft Laffer, William Bennett, Edwin Meese III,  Gov. Mike Huckabee, Stephen Moore, Grover Norquist and many other well known figures."
Editors: Aman Verjee is currently the director of strategic planning for a Silicon Valley company and co-founder of American Thunder, a leading NASCAR magazine.  Rod Martin is founder and chairman of Vanguard PAC and a former policy director to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Paul Kengor.  August 17, 2004.  GOD AND GEORGE W. BUSH: A Spiritual Life.  New York: ReganBooks [HarperCollins imprint].
"...presidential scholar Paul Kengor, the author of the acclaimed God and Ronald Reagan, reconstructs the spiritual journey that carried George W. Bush to the White House -- from the death of his sister, which shaped his character, through the conversion experience that changed his life. He offers the most thorough and careful reading of President Bush's public statements about God, Jesus Christ, and the sense of confidence, perspective, and mission that his faith has given him...  Matching detailed new research with thoughtful analysis, God and George W. Bush is the definitive look at the spiritual life of this American president."
Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Mark Crispin Miller.  August 16, 2004.  CRUEL AND UNUSUAL: Bush/Cheney's New World Order.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
" Mark Crispin Miller argues here with great clarity and effect, we are in fact living in a state that would appall the Founding Fathers: a state that is neither democratic nor republican, and no more "conservative" than it is liberal.  He exposes the Bush Republicans' contempt for democratic practice, their bullying religiosity, their reckless militarism, their apocalyptic views of the economy and the planet, and—above all—their emotional dependence on sheer hatefulness."
Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media studies at New York University and the author of The Bush Dyslexicon. He lives in New York City.

James Bovard.  August 7, 2004.  THE BUSH BETRAYAL.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
"James Bovard launches a blistering attack on the Bush administration that will add new fuel to the fires of Bush opponents while giving presidential supporters much to think about. In a series of cogently argued allegations, Bovard shows how the campaign promises of 2000 have betrayed not only the electorate, but the Constitution itself: from the erosion of civil liberties, massive debt, and the arrogance of federal agencies, to economic policies that favor the wealthy, and the deceptive maneuvers that led to war in Iraq and the alienation of former allies. For every American, The Bush Betrayal will be required reading in this election year."
Author: James Bovard has written for The Wall Street Journal, the American Spectator, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post and Newsweek. His most recent book was Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice and Peace to Rid the World of Evil (Palgrave Macmillan).

Ronald Kessler.  August 5, 2004.  A MATTER OF CHARACTER: Inside The White House Of George W. Bush.  New York: Sentinel [Penguin Group (USA) imprint].
"Ronald Kessler was granted unique access to the West Wing and interviewed the key players of the Bush administration--from Condoleezza Rice to Karl Rove to the president himself. Kessler also interviewed Bush's close friends, college roommates, and former aides...  His surprising conclusion: George W. Bush isn't the most articulate or scholarly president in history, but he scores very high on the factors that count most: character and leadership.  President Bush has a more clearly defined moral instinct, management style, and self-awareness than any other recent president."
Author: Ronald Kessler is an independent journalist and the bestselling author of fourteen nonfiction books, including Inside the White House, The Bureau, and The CIA at War.   He worked as a reporter for The Boston Herald, The Wall Street Journal and from 1970 to 1985 at The Washington Post.

Maureen Dowd.  August 2004.  BUSHWORLD: Enter at Your Own Risk.  New York: Putnam [Penguin Group (USA) imprint].
"Drawing upon her celebrated columns, with a new introductory essay, she probes the topsy-turvy alternative universe of a group she has made recognizable by their first names, middle initials, nicknames or they seek an extreme makeover of the country and the world."
Author: Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr..  August 3, 2004.  CRIMES AGAINST NATURE: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy.  New York: HarperCollins.
"In this powerful and far-reaching indictment of George W. Bush's White House, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the country's most prominent environmental attorney, charges that this administration has taken corporate cronyism to such unprecedented heights that it now threatens our health, our national security, and democracy as we know it. In a headlong pursuit of private profit and personal power, Kennedy writes, George Bush and his administration have eviscerated the laws that have protected our nation's air, water, public lands, and wildlife for the past thirty years, enriching the president's political contributors while lowering the quality of life for the rest of us."
Author: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law.

Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan.  August 3, 2004.  ALL THE PRESIDENT'S SPIN: George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth.  New York: Touchstone [Simon & Schuster imprint].

"All the President's Spin, the first book from the editors of the acclaimed nonpartisan website Spinsanity, unmasks the tactics of deception and media manipulation that George W. Bush has used to sell his agenda to the American people."
Authors: Ben Fritz is a reporter for the entertainment trade paper Variety. He also edits the satirical website Dateline Hollywood (  Bryan Keefer is assistant managing editor of Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Desk (, which monitors the media's coverage of politics. He has worked at the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union.  Brendan Nyhan is a graduate student in the department of political science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Senator Robert Byrd.  July 2004.  LOSING AMERICA: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
"In the months and years following September 11, Senator Robert C. Byrd has viewed with alarm what he considers to be a 'slow unraveling of the people's liberties,' when all dissenting voices were stilled and awesome power swung suddenly to the president to fight a 'war on terror.' ...Byrd does not shrink from speaking the truth to an ever more aggressive and imperial White House."

Justin Frank.  June 15, 2004.  BUSH ON THE COUCH: Inside the Mind of the President.  New York: ReganBooks [HarperCollins imprint].
"Through a close analysis of Bush's public statements and behavior, as well as the historical record provided by journalists, biographers, and those who have known the president well, Frank traces the development of Bush's character from childhood to the present day."
Author: Dr. Justin A. Frank is "a well-respected Washington, D.C.-based psychoanalyst and professor of psychiatry."

Bill Press.  June 10, 2004.  BUSH MUST GO: The Top Ten Reasons Why George Bush Doesn't Deserve a Second Term.  New York: Dutton Books [Penguin Group (USA) imprint].
"In this essential and timely handbook, Bill Press focuses on the ten most important reasons why this president does not deserve a second term.   It doesn’t matter whether your priority is the economy, health care, the war on terror, or homeland security. George W. Bush is on the wrong side of all the issues, and Bush Must Go is a galvanizing call-to-arms that will give you, in one place, all the ammunition you’ll need to help dump the Toxic Texan and reclaim our country."
Author: Former co-host of MSNBC’s "Buchanan and Press." Prior to joining MSNBC, Press was co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" for six years.  Author of “Spin This!” Press is also a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist (Tribune Media Services), award-winning radio talk show host and television commentator. He served as Chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.

Robert S. Devine.  June 8, 2004.  BUSH VERSUS THE ENVIRONMENTAnchor Books [Random House imprint].
"In Bush Versus the Environment, Robert Devine shows how the White House is quietly undermining the entire system of environmental safeguards that has developed over the past thirty years."
was an editor at Rocky Mountain Magazine, which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence during his tenure there. He has been a freelance journalist since 1982, writing mostly about the environment, natural history, and outdoor travel for a number of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Mother Jones, and Travel & Leisure.

Calvin Trillin.  June 1, 2004.  OBLIVIOUSLY ON HE SAILS: The Bush Administration in Rhyme.  New York: Random House.
"Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier."
Author: Since 1990, Calvin Trillin has been The Nation's "deadline poet," contributing every week a piece of verse on the news. In discussing his political sympathies, he has said, “I am partial to politicians with iambic names that rhyme with a lot of disparaging words.”

Bill Sammon.  May 11, 2004.  MISUNDERESTIMATED: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry, and the Bush Haters.  New York: ReganBooks [HarperCollins imprint].
"As senior White House correspondent for the Washington Times, Sammon has been granted extraordinary access to the president and his closest confidants, from political gurus Karl Rove and Andy Card to foreign policy advisers Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.  The result is a compelling chronicle of the second eighteen months of George W. Bush's term, as the administration's focus shifts from al Qaeda and Afghanistan to Iraq and the 2004 election."
Author: Bill Sammon is Senior White House Correspondent for the Washington Times, a political analyst for the Fox News Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers At Any Cost and Fighting Back.

Bob Woodward.  April 19, 2004.  PLAN OF ATTACK. New York: Simon & Schuster.
"...draws on documents, briefing notes and extensive interviews with dozens of officials, including three and a half hours with President Bush, for a narrative that spans the 16 month period between November 21, 2001, when Bush first ordered Rumsfeld to undertake serious military planning for an invasion of Iraq, and the start of the war on March 19, 2003...  Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering over two years, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam."
Author: Bob Woodward, a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for 33 years, has authored or coauthored nine No.1 national nonfiction bestsellers.

John W. Dean.  April 6, 2004.  WORSE THAN WATERGATE: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush.  New York: Little, Brown & Company.
"Dean presents an explosive examination of how Bush and Cheney's extreme and obsessive secrecy has created potentially the most corrupt, unethical, and undemocratic presidential administration in U.S. history.  Citing a wealth of evidence culled from public records, news reports, and interviews, Dean presents a damning indictment of Bush's presidency and details how his abuses of power far surpass those of not only Nixon but every U.S. president."
Author: John Dean served as counsel to President Nixon and has written numerous books including Blind Ambition, The Rehnquist Choice, and a biography of President Warren G. Harding.

David Aikman.  April 2004.  A MAN OF FAITH: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush.  Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group.
"The life story of George W. Bush…from reveler to revelation, from a man of good times to a man of deep faith."
Author: David Aikman is a former senior correspondent for Time magazine.

Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer.  April 2004.  THE BUSHES: Portrait of a Dynasty.  New York: Doubleday.
"Through a series of exclusive, surprisingly candid interviews with members of the family and close friends, the inner workings of this very private family are revealed: their marriages and friendships; the intense sibling rivalry between George W. and Jeb Bush; divisions between father and son over the Iraq war; even Jeb Bush’s plans to run for president in 2008."
Authors: Peter Schweizer is a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author of several books, including Reagan’s War. Rochelle Schweizer is a writer and media consultant.

Carl Pope and Paul Rauber.  April 2004.  STRATEGIC IGNORANCE: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress.  San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
"The Bush administration seeks nothing less than to overturn the consensus on natural-resource policy that developed from the time of Theodore Roosevelt through the end of the Clinton administration. In place of government as the steward and protector of our nation's natural heritage, Bush and his political allies want to restore the nineteenth-century tradition of government as coconspirator in the economic exploitation of that heritage. Their sights are firmly set on dismantling a century of environmental progress."
Authors: Carl Pope has been Executive Director of the Sierra Club since 1992.  Paul Rauber is a senior editor at Sierra magazine.

Karen Hughes.  March 30, 2004.  TEN MINUTES FROM NORMAL. New York: Viking Press.
This is Hughes' "often humorous, disarmingly down-to-earth and politically fascinating journey of her time in President Bush’s inner circle."
Author: Karen Hughes served as Counselor to the President for his first eighteen months in the White House.

Richard Clarke.  March 2004.  AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: Inside America's War on Terror.  New York: Free Press.
"...Against All Enemies is both a powerful history of our two-decades-long confrontation with terrorism and a searing indictment of the current administration."
Author: Richard Clarke was appointed by President Clinton as the first National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism in May 1998 and continued in that position under George W. Bush.

Craig Unger.  March 2004.  HOUSE OF BUSH: HOUSE OF SAUD: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful DynastiesScribner.
"To trace the amazing weave of Saud- Bush connections, Unger interviewed three former directors of the CIA, top Saudi and Israeli intelligence officials, and more than one hundred other sources. His access to major players is unparalleled and often exclusive -- including executives at the Carlyle Group, the giant investment firm where the House of Bush and the House of Saud each has a major stake."

James Moore.  March 2004.  BUSH'S WAR FOR REELECTION: Iraq, The White House, and the People.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
Author: James Moore is "an Emmy Award-winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience."

Peter Singer.  March 2004.  THE PRESIDENT OF GOOD & EVIL. New York: Dutton.
"More than any president in recent memory, George W. Bush invokes the language of good versus evil and right versus wrong. Controversial professor of ethics Peter Singer has put his spotlight on President Bush’s moral claims...  Examining public pronouncements that have rarely been subjected to ethical analysis, on topics from stem-cell research and tax cuts to Iraq and the drive for American preeminence, The President of Good and Evil reveals the president’s pattern of ethical confusion and self-contradiction. Delivering his charges in accessible, logical, and lively chapters, Singer asks whether Bush has lived up to the values so often touted in current presidential prose."
Author: Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

Eric Alterman and Mark Green.  February 2004.  THE BOOK ON BUSH: How George W. (Mis)leads America.  New York: Viking Press.
"The Book on Bush methodically critiques administration policy from the standpoint of its truthfulness as well as its merit, with the characteristic wit of both writers."

John Podhoretz.  February 2004.  BUSH COUNTRY: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane. New York: St. Martin's Press.
"In this rousing, persuasive, and hugely entertaining book, John Podhoretz says that George W. Bush has earned a place in the pantheon of great American chief executives---and shows in one amazing detail after another how Bush's success has driven some of his critics into a pathological frenzy."
Author: John Podhoretz is a columnist for the New York Post.

Paul Waldman.  January 2004.  FRAUD: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You.  Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
"In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the truth behind the rise of George W. Bush.  What is revealed is more shocking than just a pattern of lies and incompetence.  It is the story of how a clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues to this day...  The power of the fraud lies in the ability of the Bush machine to manipulate the press, and thereby avoid having the truth exposed.  Waldman’s findings reveal an astonishing record of how the nation’s media has not only given Bush a pass again and again, but have failed to follow up on even the most openly dishonest parts of the Bush agenda."
Author: Paul Waldman is the associate director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where he teaches and conducts research on media and politics.

Kevin Phillips.  January 2004.  AMERICAN DYNASTY: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush.  New York: Viking Press.
"In this devastating book, onetime Republican strategist Phillips reveals how four generations of Bushes have ascended the ladder of national power since World War One, becoming entrenched within the American establishment--Yale, Wall Street, the Senate, the CIA, the vice presidency, and the presidency--through a recurrent flair for old-boy networking, national security involvement, and political deception.  By uncovering relationships and connecting facts with new clarity, Phillips comes to a stunning conclusion: The Bush family has systematically used its financial and social empire--its "aristocracy"--to gain the White House, thereby subverting the very core of American democracy."

Ron Suskind.  January 2004.  THE PRICE OF LOYALTY: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill.  New York: Simon & Schuster.
"At its core are the candid assessments of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, for two years the administration's top economic official, a principal of the National Security Council, and a tutor to the new President. He is the only member of Bush's innermost circle to leave and then to agree to speak frankly about what has really been happening inside the White House...  O'Neill's account is supported by Suskind's interviews with many participants in the administration, by transcripts of meetings, and by voluminous documents that cover most areas of domestic and foreign policy."
Author: Ron Suskind is an author and journalist based in Washington, D.C..  He is the author of A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League (Doubleday/Broadway, 1998).  From 1993 to 2000, he was the senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal.

Jack Huberman.  January 15, 2004.  THE BUSH-HATERS HANDBOOK: A Guide to the Most Appalling Presidency of the Past 100 Years.  New York: Nation Books.
"The Bush-Hater's Handbook is a godsend to those looking for a concise, mordantly entertaining overview of the Bush record, or for those wanting to arm themselves against conservatives with facts and figures as we head into the presidential election year. It is also the perfect gift for that certain, special Bush-hater--or for a Bush-lover who could still be rescued from the realms of outer darkness...  Arranged alphabetically by topic, Huberman summarizes, details, and bewails all of the more important Bush Administration outrages, scandals, and deceits (and some of the trivial ones also)."
Author: "Jack Huberman is a New York-based journalist and former Canadian who took up US Citizenship just so he could vote against Dubya in 2000."

Stephen Mansfield.  November 2003.  THE FAITH OF GEORGE W. BUSH.  New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.
"The first book to explore the religious ideals that drive the policies and politics of Bush as president and that have privately shaped Bush as a man."
Author: Stephen Mansfield has authored a number of books including Then Darkness Fled and Forgotten Founding Father, part of a "Leaders in Action" series.

Gary L. Gregg, II and Mark J. Rozell, eds.  September 2003.  CONSIDERING THE BUSH PRESIDENCY.  New York: Oxford University Press.
"Considering the Bush Presidency offers a wide-ranging scholarly review and analysis of the George W. Bush presidency. Written by leading political scientists, this collection features timely and unique essays that cover such topics as the Bush transition, staffing the Bush presidency, battles over executive privilege, Bush and presidential war powers, the vice presidency of Dick Cheney, and the relationship between the president and Congress. With selections that balance popular topics and theoretical rigor, Considering the Bush Presidency is ideal for introductory American politics and presidency courses."
Editors: Gregg is Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at University of Louisville; Rozell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America.

David Corn.  September 30, 2003.  THE LIES OF GEORGE W. BUSH: Mastering the Politics of DeceptionCrown Publishing Group.
"This fact-driven journalistic account is a scorching indictment of a man who claimed he would "restore" honesty to the Oval Office. Iraq, tax cuts, global warming, September 11, the deficit, stem cell research, Afghanistan reconstruction, Enron--Bush has lied about these and other crucial matters, as well as his own past. The Lies of George W. Bush doesn't merely make a charge; the book proves it. And Corn both explains how Bush has managed to get away with it (so far) and explores the dangerous consequences of White House deceit in a perilous age."
Author: David Corn is the Washington editor of The Nation.

Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose.  September 2003.  BUSHWACKED: Life in George W. Bush's America.  New York: Random House.
" their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world... Bushwhacked brings to light the horrendous legacy of the Bush tax cut, his increasingly appalling environmental record, his administration’s involvement in the Enron scandal, and the real Bush foreign policy..."
Authors: Molly Ivins' columns are syndicated to more than three hundred newspapers; she is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, the former co-editor of The Texas Observer and the former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for The New York Times.  Lou Dubose was the editor of The Texas Observer for eleven years.


James C. Moore and Wayne Slater.  February 2003.  BUSH'S BRAIN: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Authors: James Moore is "an Emmy Award-winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience."  Wayne Slater is the Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News in Austin, Texas.

Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, and Carl M. Cannon.  January 2003.  BOY GENIUS: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush.  New York: Public Affairs.
In Boy Genius, three seasoned political reporters who know Rove from his years as a political consultant in Texas and now in Washington, D.C., fill readers in on the man and his methods.  From running a dirty tricks school and bugging his own office, to masterminding the defeat of popular Governor Ann Richards in Texas, to seeing and harnessing the potential in Dubya ("Political hacks like me wait a lifetime for a guy like this to come along, "Rove said of the future President), to the master plan for the 2002 elections, Dubose and Reid detail Rove's ascendancy to the center of our national political life..."
Authors: Lou Dubose was the editor of The Texas Observer for eleven years.  Jan Reid is an award-winning novelist and magazine journalist.  Carl M. Cannon is a staff correspondent of The National Journal.

David Frum.  January 2003.  THE RIGHT MAN: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush.  New York: Random House.
The Right Man is the first inside account of a historic year in the Bush White House, by the presidential speechwriter credited with the phrase axis of evil....  Frum takes us behind the scenes of one of the most secretive administrations in recent history, with revealing portraits of Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Condoleezza Rice, and many others.  Most significant, he tells the story of the transformation of George W. Bush: how a president whose administration began in uncertainty became one of the most decisive, successful, and popular leaders of our time.
Author: David Frum is the author of Dead Right, How We Got Here, and a collection of essays, What's Right. He is a contributing editor to the National Review and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Bob Woodward.  November 2002.  BUSH AT WAR.  New York: Simon & Schuster.
"With his unmatched investigative skill, Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war...  Extensive quotations from the secret deliberations of the National Security Council -- and firsthand revelations of the private thoughts, concerns and fears of the president and his war cabinet -- make Bush at War an unprecedented chronicle of a modern presidency in time of grave crisis... Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, Bush at War reveals Bush's sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world."

Bill Sammon.  October 2002.  FIGHTING BACK: The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing.
"In Fighting Back, you get the first book ever on George W. Bush's presidency --and the first comprehensive look at how Bush is leading the war on terror. From the moment when Andy Card whispered into his President's ear "Mr. President, America is under attack," best-selling author Bill Sammon brings us an eye-witness account of that historic day, and the days that follow. You get a front-row seat..."
Author: Bill Sammon is the White House correspondent for the Washington Times.

Christopher Andersen.  October 29, 2002.  GEORGE & LAURA: Portrait of an American Marriage. New York: William Morrow & Co.
"Christopher Andersen draws on important sources -- many speaking here for the first time -- to paint a vivid, sometimes startling, often inspiring portrait of America's First Couple...  George and Laura is a compelling look at their unique partnership, and the courage, grace, and humor that defines it. It is a stirring wartime saga of triumph and tragedy and, above all, a uniquely American love story."

Mark Crispin Miller.  2001.  THE BUSH DYSLEXICON: Observations on a National Disorder.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
"Only because our elections have become so dependent on television and its emphatic emptiness, Miller argues, can a man of such sublime and complacent ignorance assume the highest office in the land."
Author: Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media ecology at New York University, where he also directs the Project on Media Ownership (PrOMO).


Other Bush books:
John Nichols.  DICK: The Man Who Is President.  New York: The New Press.

Paul Slansky.  May 2004.  THE GEORGE W. BUSH QUIZ BOOK.  New York: Broadway Books.
"...brings you a comical compendium of quizzes filled with hundreds of questions and answers on the personal and political life of George W.  The result is a crash course in everything Dubya."
Author: Paul Slansky is a humor writer for The New Yorker, among other publications. He was a longtime contributor to Esquire’s “Dubious Achievements” issue, and the author of The Clothes Have No Emperor, a bestselling book about the Reagan presidency.

Karen Ocker (Illustrator) and Joley Wood.  March 2004.  THE GEORGE W. BUSH COLORING BOOK.  New Orleans, LA: Garrett County Press.
"Drawing from the imaginative quotes President Bush has uttered over the years, the George W. Bush Coloring Book illustrates Bush's very own words in the form of a coloring book.  Illustrator Karen Ocker lends her visually distinct style to on-the-record quotes such as 'It's amazing I won.  I was running against peace, prosperity and incumbency,' and 'I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.'  The coloring book includes an essay on Bush by Joley Wood."

On the Silver Screen:
[Feature Film]  Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey.  Nationwide theatrical release August 27, 2004. BUSH'S BRAIN: A Documentary About Karl Rove.  Glendale, CA: BeBe Films, Inc.
Based on the book by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater.
About: Director/Producer Michael Paradies Shoob wrote, produced and directed DRIVEN; also directed IN JUNE AT THIS PLACE, a documentary.  Producer/Director Joseph Mealey was Director of Photography for DRIVEN; work includes more than 20 documentaries and shows for PBS.

[Feature Film]  Michael Moore.  Nationwide opening June 25, 2004.  FAHRENHEIT 9/11. Lions Gate Films.
"With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how - and why - Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq-and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven't heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families. "   Winner Best Picture at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.