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The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era

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Timothy Goeglein spent nearly eight years in the White House as President George W. Bush's key point of contact to American conservatives and the faith-based world and was frequently profiled in the national news media. But when a plagiarism scandal prompted his resignation, Goeglein chose not to dodge it but confront it, and was shown remarkable grace by the president. In ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by B Books
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Justin
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, 2011
This is both a story of forgiveness, but one of the best, most thoughtful, and insightful looks into the administration of George W. Bush. It delves not only into the life of the author, but takes a serious look at the roll faith played within the White House during the Bush years and how that faith played out in policy decisions.
Nancy Shaffer
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good look at the human and spiritual side of politics in DC and beyond.
Wilani Wahl
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read of things in the Whitehouse during the Bush administration. The respect for this great president only strengthened with this book.
Brian Ledtke
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
The reason I read this book was because I had dinner with Tim a few years ago and he gave me a copy of this book. He was such an eloquent speaker and engrossing so I figured his book would be the same. Unfortunately, this was a tough book, albeit short, to get through. He seems positively bent on defending every little thing Bush did, and spends (seemingly) half the book name dropping for no reason whatsoever. The only interesting part of the book was the first chapter where he talks about his s ...more
Brian Eshleman
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
It might never have been uttered in the history of very brief reviews that the reviewer did not like the author's book, his only exposure, but that the reviewer look forward to the writer's next.

What I mean is that Goeglien is so earnest in genuine support for Bush and every line item of the Christian Right that he squeaks. This, it seems to me, is his gospel, and he pushes it forward enthusiastically, not hatefully, as though no one could object. His "fall from grace", as an example of his dire
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Cliff
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
While this isn't a great book, Tim Goeglein's earnestness and sincerity is rare, as is his ability to admit mistakes without any qualifying factors.

Basically, he spends most of the book explaining why he favored this or that policy of the Bush Administration, and his role in helping shape and push forward that policy. It's the opposite of unbiased, but that's OK. He's much more critical of himself than he is his former bosses.

If nothing else, this book shows how a man of principle can survive
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Julie
Oct 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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I thought this book was going to be about George W. Bush. However, it turned into a foray into the life of a crazy ultra-conservative. Yuck. Didn't even finish it. It did not impress me that much.
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