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Friday, August 27, 2004


Below is the review of a cool book, which I just submitted to Amazon. (As of this posting they still had not put up my review of Bernstein's book...argh!)

Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane
St. Martin's Press (2004)
By John Podhoretz

A Nice Read for this Election Year ! (4 stars)

George W. Bush is a man for his time, and will go down in all-time as a great President—regardless of the outcome of the 2004 election. John Podhoretz’s account of Bush the Younger’s presidency provides a compelling read for this election season. I recommend it.

For one thing, the organization of the book is great. Eight solid chapters are each accompanied by sub-chapters that address the most crazy and foolish left-wing ideas about our President, with a summary chapter closing it up. Podhoretz does a splendid job in dismantling the ridiculous (and conflicting) claims that our energetic executive is a mere moron, puppet, fanatic, etc., etc., etc. Over the last year I’ve also seen plenty of left-wingers in downtown Seattle waving signs comparing our President to Hitler. Not only is there a new generation of Lyndon LaRouche supporters to supplant the old guys with long beards outside post offices (the new guys go to the post offices, too), but the LaRouche message is all but identical to the many of our most whacked-out college professors and those Dean-dongs-turned-Kerry-supporters.

This reviewer was once an ardent Democrat who voted for Democrats. I was fortunate to make the change in my early 20s and am now spending my mid-20s doing what I can to re-elect the man who will do the most for our nations’ security. I am tired of the “blame America first” stuff and our country demands a strong leader who will protect us from terrorism. As Podhoretz shows, we have such a leader in George W. Bush.

Particularly important is Podhoretz’s overview of President Bush’s strategy against terrorism. He highlights our President’s resolve to bring the battle to the terrorists—right to where they are. To make our last line of defense a more rigorous system of port scanning is not only logistically and economically impossible, but leaves us vulnerable and gives the terrorists valuable time to make their advances. Podhoretz discusses some of the major foreign policy speeches where our Commander-in-Chief lays out the case for aggressive action against terrorism and asserts the importance of American self-determination.

Very enjoyable is Podhoretz’s account of the almost lighting-quick rise of George W. Bush, right up to the highest office of the land. His climb to the top was certainly remarkable. Podhoretz asserts that the man who ran for the White House in 2000 became a different kind of leader and rose to the challenges that the new, post 9/11 world presents.

Podhoretz also gives credit to President Bush for the strong leader and stellar politician that he is. One of the reasons the “loony left” dislikes the President is because he has been so effective at achieving results. While the President’s foreign policy achievements are the most remarkable, he has also successfully landed a series of domestic policy victories—including some crucial tax cuts.

Another reason many on the left despise our President is because of his faith. Podhoretz does an excellent job in discussing this issue, demonstrating that while the President’s faith is a source of strength, the President has always been guided in his policy decisions by the oath he swore to the Constitution and the best-interests of our nation.

Podhoretz is a former speech-writer and a reporter, so the writing is solid and the book has great flow. I bought this book because Hugh Hewitt recommended it in his latest work, and so I now recommend “Bush Country” to others.


FURTHER THOUGHTS: I think every citizen should read a book or two about the candidates for President. This one was a pleasure to read, and despite the fact that ther are already 100+ reviews of this book already posted, I just felt I had to add my own.

Also, Hugh Hewitt recommends Bush Country in his latest book, If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It.

(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)


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