Neil Litt (Jacket Photo), and Ralph Alswang (Autho Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xii, 420. Index. Ink notation on corner clipped fep. Minor DJ wear. Some erasable pencil comments and marks noted, primarily at the Table of Contents and on the rep. Signed by the author on the title page. Sidney Stone Blumenthal (born November 6, 1948) is an American journalist and political operative. He is a former aide to President Bill Clinton; a longtime confidant of Hillary Clinton, formerly employed by the Clinton Foundation; and a journalist, particularly known for his writings about American politics and foreign policy. Blumenthal is also the author of a multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln. Blumenthal has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, for whom he served for a time as the magazine's Washington correspondent, and, was, briefly, the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Salon, for which he has written over 1,800 pieces online. He is a regular contributor to the openDemocracy website and was a regular columnist for The Guardian. After 2000, he published several essays critical of the administration of George W. Bush. Over time, Blumenthal became increasingly controversial for his partisan brand of journalism, viewed as an archetype of a new type of journalist who have eroded the divide between the fading boundaries between independent journalism and partisan journalism. Even as a writer at The Washington Post, he placed a porous membrane between his political views and his writing. It is the sort of partisan engagement that makes mainstream journalists, even those of liberal politics, deeply uncomfortable. 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. Condition: Good / Very good.
Keywords: George Bush, Jack Abramoff, Abu Ghraib, Counterterrorism, Colin Powell, Reagan, Tony Blair, Leadership, Republican, Culture War, John Bolton, Karl Rove, Guantanamo, Torture, Robert Novak, Scooter Libby, Bob Woodward, Karen Hughes, Ralph Alswang, Neil