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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (81 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ari Fleischer Narrator: Ari Fleischer Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For two and a half years, Ari Fleischer served as the official liaison between the White House and members of the press, acting as the voice of President George W. Bush.

In Taking Heat, Fleischer goes behind the scenes in the West Wing, giving his perspectives on:

  • September 11, 2001, its aftermath, and the anthrax scare
  • The pressure-filled buildup to the war in Iraq and the President's thoughts as the war began
  • The White House press corps, who they are, and how they report the news

Fleischer believes that the press has a bias in Washington. It's not a question of partisanship or press driven ideology. It's a focus on conflict they can attach to the President. The White House press corps are masters of the devil's advocate. Fleischer's job was to calmly field their questions, no matter how pointed. He calls the press a tough, sharp, skeptical group. They call him tight-lipped and secretive. But at the end of the day, they had a bond.

Taking Heat is an introspective and analytical exploration of the major political events in the first half of the Bush administration, as well as the candid observations of a professional who stood in the bright lights of the world stage.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jason | 9/12/2013

    " Just because you had a prominent role in the White House does not mean you should write a book about your experiences. This just isn't that interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Em Ormiston | 1/20/2013

    " I did a thesis in my MLA program and pulled a great amount of information from this resource. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephen Patrick | 2/26/2012

    " An insightful view into how a Presidential Cabinet is selected and how a Press Secretary must navigate rather difficult waters in his daily life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dee | 3/5/2011

    " Ari Fleischer and Tony Snow are my 2 favorite Presidential Spokesmen. Fleischer did his job very well. I enjoyed hearing his perspective on Bush and his administration and what the job of press secretary was like. "

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