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The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush

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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. David Frum helped make international headlines when President George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address linked international terrorists to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. But that was only one moment during a cruc ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Random House (first published 2003)
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May 14, 2011 haetmonger rated it it was ok
The totally unapologetic exceptionalism can definitely make me queasy -- for example, Frum seems to consider it immoral to wonder whether the 9/11 attacks were caused by bad foreign policy on America's part, because recanting would mean losing to the terrorists or something, I guess. Then there's Frum's suspicion that while people say they oppose the Iraq War because Hussein couldn't be conclusively linked with 9/11, or because they believe containment to be the best policy in dealing with enemy ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This was a good book if you like biography's. I wanted to learn all I could about GWB when he was President. Again, people hate him, call him an idiot. He is none of those things. Did you know he had a little sister that died of leukemia when she was 3-years-old? I think her name was Robin. I can't remember. George was the oldest child and I cannot imagine how this affected him. I think it does a disservice to say how stupid he is since he graduated from Yale AND Harvard, two of the MOST ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you have to read something that you don't think you'll like, just to check and see.

I set out to read this with low hopes and for the most part my expectations were met.

David Frum is not a stupid man nor is he a bad man, per se. I think he is deeply misguided, and perhaps something of a political shill.

At least he writes fairly well and gives a relatively candid assessment of what he saw in his brief time at the White House.

Nothing ground-breaking here, really. I'm glad I only paid a b
The American Conservative
'This is a strange memoir in many ways. An aide just off the payroll and hungry for fame might be expected to “kiss and tell,” but the truth is that Frum did precious little kissing there to tell about.'

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Feb 06, 2009 Jostalady added it
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I read this to try to hear the voices who support Bush, but came away thinking this was a veiled subtle attack on him. I can't tell if the author did this intentionally or if I just disagreed so strongly with Bush's choices that I couldn't appreciate why anyone would site them as good.
Jan 07, 2009 Peter rated it liked it
This book captures an observation and opinion rooted in time. The fact that the opinion and observations are overturned by the passage of time might well render this book useless for anyone who isn't a student of politics or the media.
Dec 17, 2009 Barron rated it liked it
An interesting look into the genesis of "Axis of Evil." Revealing is that in the wake of 9/11, Frum decided that "People WANT to feel like we're in the midst of World War II."
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Jan 05, 2010 Ellen Janoski rated it liked it
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Everyone should read this book. Reveals the truths about a great leader that the media has distorted and disclosed.
Jun 18, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
I liked this book. The author who was one of speech writer shows how surprised he was by the faith of George W. Bush
Jan 31, 2008 Atchisson rated it liked it
This book couldn't and wouldn't be written today, but at the time it was spot on. The facts haven't changed any, but the perspective has, and it would be a hard sell now.
Sep 04, 2013 Adam rated it liked it
Enjoyed reflecting back on the early years of the Bush presidency. Interesting to look back especially with everything surrounding Sept 11.
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David J. Frum is a Canadian American journalist active in both the United States and Canadian political arenas. A former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, he is also the author of the first "insider" book about the Bush presidency. His editorial columns have appeared in a variety of Canadian and American magazines and newspapers, including the National Post and The Week. He is al ...more
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