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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacob Weisberg Narrator: Robertson Dea Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this first important consideration of the George W. Bush presidency and its profound impact on the state of the world, Jacob Weisberg traces the evolution of Bush’s political philosophy from its roots in his early life and his years as governor of Texas through the events of 9/11 and his turbulent two terms in office. With careful analyses, Weisberg offers an eye-opening assessment of Bush’s deeply conflicted relationship with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, and with major figures in the administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. This groundbreaking book of reportage, synthesis, and analysis will stand as the indispensable account of a presidency of enormous consequence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling…If you read one book about George W. Bush and his presidency, this should be it.”

    Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Precisely because he does not think George W. Bush is a joke, Jacob Weisberg has been able to write a very witty and deeply penetrating profile of him.”

    Christopher Hitchens, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Bush Tragedy is a serious, thought-provoking effort to penetrate what instinct tells us must be an extraordinary family drama…Weisberg also provides a broad, dark, nuanced way of thinking about why we went to war.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[Weisberg] analyzes the central disaster of the Bush administration with skill and seriousness…it is precisely because Weisberg struggles for objectivity and fairness that his deeply negative conclusions are so damning.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An unexpectedly compelling piece of armchair psychoanalysis.”


  • “Robertson Dean provides an enjoyable performance that works well with Weisberg’s prose. His deliberate cadence and well-placed emphasis makes the narration easy to follow and understand. Dean projects power and energy and is sure to have listeners looking for other audiobooks he reads.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 2/20/2014

    " a second term, hard to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric Knibbs | 2/16/2014

    " Weisberg's writes well and his portrait is convincing and textured (and readable too); yet he treats Bush a little too gently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/14/2014

    " A compelling portrait of the Bush family, with parallels to Shakespeare's Henry IV, of a son that is willing to go to any lengths to outshine his father's legacy. With chapters devoted to Cheney and Rove (I didn't know his mother suicided, or that his father was gay!) the author adds layers to our current situation. Bush is not portrayed as a buffoon nor a monster, but Weisberg has done a great job of nailing his history of decision making, his belief in his own certainty and his sense of working on behalf of a spiritual mission. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mikki | 2/12/2014

    " Parents behavior and successes set up many facets of a son's personality. Decisions made to impress or top the father's successes have devastating consequences for country and the future successes of his own family. A good historical-psychological study. "

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About the Author

Jacob Weisberg is the editor-in-chief of Slate. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. He previously worked for the New Republic and was a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He is the inventor and author of the “Bushisms” series. He is also the author, with Robert Rubin, of In an Uncertain World. His first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.