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What Happened by Scott McClellan
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Oct 12, 2011

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bookshelves: political, non-fiction
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What Happened is a memoir into the highly secretive and deceptive Bush Administration? The actual details of the secretive and deceptive nature of the Bush White House seem perfunctory because most of McClellan's accounts and examples were already made public by the media; however, there were some shocking examples of secrets and deception revealed, but nothing significant to where Scott would be branded as a whistle-blower. McClellan's criticism of Bush's policies, particularly the Iraq War along with the ill attempt to place new perspectives into the White in the second term was refreshing.
McClellan has a staunch sentiment on the political atmosphere of Washington, permanent campaigning, which means politicians use the public approval as a means to govern. Basically, McClellan attributes this to what is wrong with Washington. Overall, it is an intriguing book, and McClellan is a brave man for writing a book based on his principles rather than political ideology.

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