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A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush

por Ronald Kessler

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Honesty. Integrity. Clarity of purpose. These are the qualities that carried George W. Bush to a decisive victory in 2004, and these are the qualities journalist Ronald Kessler discovered while investigating a president who is so scrutinized-and so criticized-at home and around the world. Kessler's unparalleled behind-the-scenes account of the Bush White House is a New York Times bestseller and now includes an epilogue about the role of character in the 2004 campaign. After digging deeply into the inner sanctum of the White House and Bush's personal life, Kessler discovered that most of what people think they know about Bush simply isn't true. For instance, that he's not very smart. That he's narrow-minded about his Christian faith and his conservative beliefs. That he lets other people make the big decisions for him. All myths-driven mainly by biased reporting in the media. Kessler was granted extraordinary access to the administration and its key players, including Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, and many others. He discovered how Bush acts when the television cameras leave: honest to a fault, open to new ideas, grounded with common people, and powerful without pretense. He reveals how America's first M.B.A. president negotiates challenges such as terrorism, the economy, and education reform. In the end, the 2004 election came down to a matter of character. Ronald Kessler shows why the majority of Americans made the right choice.… (mais)
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This book purports to be a biography of George W. Bush's White House years, and it certainly covers that time and covers the events that affected his presidency. The overwhelming problem is that this biography is so complementary that it's like an authorized biography done in the way that the Royal Biographers do biographies of the British kings and queens. Kessler has made George W. Bush into a Stepford President. He and his staff do no wrong and the nasty, nasty media (of which Kessler was once a member) and the obstructive Democrats are out to get this President. Because I had never read anything about George W. Bush before, I did get some information on his life and was reminded of some things I'd forgotten that he handled during his Presidency. Otherwise, I took the total adulation of George W. Bush and the writer's outrage at the media and the Democrats with a true grain of salt. Any other reader would be wise to do the same. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jul 23, 2017 |
Never says a bad thing about Dubya, but the good things it says are mostly true. Primarily intended to point up the (significant) contrast of Bush and Clinton. ( )
  librisissimo | May 21, 2015 |
While not a huge fan of W, I did respect his directness and most of those he surrounded himself with. I learned he successfully brought a CEO mentality to the White House and listened intently to many sides of an issue before making a decision. However, I thought the writing was pretty poor. The first 3-4 chapters are all about the Clintons. And the last chapter was basically a summary of everything that had come before it, but it wasn't written that way; it was as if Kessler was introducing the concepts for the first time. And his transitions from paragraph to paragraph was sometimes puzzling. ( )
  Jarratt | Aug 24, 2009 |
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Honesty. Integrity. Clarity of purpose. These are the qualities that carried George W. Bush to a decisive victory in 2004, and these are the qualities journalist Ronald Kessler discovered while investigating a president who is so scrutinized-and so criticized-at home and around the world. Kessler's unparalleled behind-the-scenes account of the Bush White House is a New York Times bestseller and now includes an epilogue about the role of character in the 2004 campaign. After digging deeply into the inner sanctum of the White House and Bush's personal life, Kessler discovered that most of what people think they know about Bush simply isn't true. For instance, that he's not very smart. That he's narrow-minded about his Christian faith and his conservative beliefs. That he lets other people make the big decisions for him. All myths-driven mainly by biased reporting in the media. Kessler was granted extraordinary access to the administration and its key players, including Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, and many others. He discovered how Bush acts when the television cameras leave: honest to a fault, open to new ideas, grounded with common people, and powerful without pretense. He reveals how America's first M.B.A. president negotiates challenges such as terrorism, the economy, and education reform. In the end, the 2004 election came down to a matter of character. Ronald Kessler shows why the majority of Americans made the right choice.

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