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What happened : inside the Bush White House and Washington's culture of deception /
Scott McClellan.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Public Affairs, c2008.
description
xiv, 341 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1586485563, 9781586485566
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imprint
New York : Public Affairs, c2008.
isbn
1586485563
9781586485566
contents note
A made-for-Washington scandal -- A small part of something grand -- Growing up in politics -- Governor Bush runs for President -- The permanent campaign -- The early days -- September 11 and the partisan ceasefire -- Selling the war -- Becoming White House press secretary -- Deniability -- Betting the presidency -- Brush fire -- Triumph and illusion -- Revelation and humiliation -- Out of touch -- After the trial -- Changing the culture of deception.
general note
Includes index.
abstract
The former White House press secretary examines how and why the Bush administration went awry, providing a look at George W. Bush and his top aides in terms of such crises as Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war, and Washington's political infighting.
catalogue key
6522292
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Reviews
Review Quotes
Associated Press, June 20, 2008 "McClellan has burned the talking points - and his bridges - in writing this book, and the results are a more sophisticated assessment than most anything his former colleagues turned out.What Happenedprovides a telling and unflattering glimpse of Bush and his White House, also makes an important commentary on Washington's poisonous political climate - one that Bush promised to change, but did not, McClellan writes."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 5, 2008 "Once smoke clears, McClellan will be seen as a true patriot."
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USA Today, February 2008
Los Angeles Times, May 2008
Wall Street Journal, May 2008
Boston Globe, June 2008
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Washington Post, June 2008
Chicago Tribune, July 2008
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Scott McLellan served as White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006 and has had years of experience working under George W. Bush. In this book, McLellan outlines what he thinks went wrong with the Bush presidency.
Main Description
Scott McClellan was one of a few Bush loyalists from Texas who became part of his inner circle of trusted advisers, and remained so during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Drawn to Bush by his commitment to compassionate conservatism and strong bipartisan leadership, McClellan served the president for more than seven years, and witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course. In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides. Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we prepare to elect a new leader.
Main Description
Scott McClellan was one of a few Bush loyalists from Texas who became part of his inner circle of trusted advisers, and remained so during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Drawn to Bush by his commitment to compassionate conservatism and strong bipartisan leadership, McClellan served the president for more than seven years, and witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course.In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides. Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we prepare to elect a new leader.
Table of Contents
A Made-for-Washington Scandalp. 1
A Small Part of Something Grandp. 11
Growing Up in Politicsp. 21
Governor Bush Runs for Presidentp. 39
The Permanent Campaignp. 61
The Early Daysp. 87
September 11 and the Partisan Ceasefirep. 99
Selling the Warp. 119
Becoming White House Press Secretaryp. 149
Deniabilityp. 165
Betting the Presidencyp. 191
Brush Firep. 213
Triumph and Illusionp. 233
Revelation and Humiliationp. 255
Out of Touchp. 271
After the Trialp. 293
Changing the Culture of Deceptionp. 311
Acknowledgmentsp. 325
Indexp. 327
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