Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/10/1
Kindle 端末は必要ありません。無料 Kindle アプリのいずれかをダウンロードすると、スマートフォン、タブレットPCで Kindle 本をお読みいただけます。
A private peek into the life of the GOP presidential frontrunner answers vexing personal questions, like why his parents pressured him to break up with his first fiance+a7e and how he avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. 15,000 first printing.
J.H. Hatfield is a syndicated columnist, free-lance Texas journalist and frequent contributor to several Lone Star State newspapers and magazines. In addition, for over a decade he was an executive officer in a finance and investment Management company that on several occasions conducted business with George W. Bush and his associates.
The author of this book was very even-handed, though. I mean, you might assume it would be spitefully written and gleefully filled with hatred the same way that Coulter, Hannity, and Beck's propaganda rags read. If that is what you expect you will be disappointed. It's almost as if he likes Bush. He's certainly more than fair with this account. He's totally professional, telling about Bush's ability to blend in and charm people. He also describes how "W" is not the dummy that many imagine him to be. He's a lot more politically savvy than many on the Left would have you believe. This is another reason why I liked the book and recommend it, because it has the ring of truth, but doesn't go over the top and exaggerate things or put unsubstantiated rumors down as fact. That's a lot more than you could ever expect from those on the right.
America didn't want this guy to win and he didn't....he was appointed by the Supreme Court who effectively stole it for him from the American people, silencing the democracy of our great nation, bit it didn't happen over night. It was one of the darkest times in our history, and we have not recovered from it yet.
This book will make you angry, but it will also help you to understand and open up your eyes as to the many dirty tricks and smoke and mirrors employed by the right wing fascists that are continuing to block this countries progress. This is recommended reading for everyone....young or old.
However with this book, all that it contains are facts. Honestly, it's more of a complete biography if you will, containing every act that W. did during his rise to the white house. Starting with a little info on his father to get a mark on what his atmosphere growing up was, it lists the good and the bad things he has done over the years. Inside stock trading, flip flopping stances on various issues, covering for his friends along with his fathers friends, are what await you in this book.
This book has little to no speculation, (and those comments are posted as footnotes, not in the main text) so the reviews that are saying there are no facts to this book are wrong.
I urge you to read this book before you vote in the coming November.
Fortunate Son puts all this on display. It shows a man who says the right things while doing whatever benefits him. The list of contradictions is as plain as day. Here are a few. In April of 1999 George blamed the film industry for desensitizing people to violence. Between 1983 and 1993 he was a paid director for Silver Screen Management. They arrange for investment in films. Twenty-one of the films they arranged financing for were R-rated. That was due to the violence they depicted. Arlington politico's passed legislation that allowed the Arlington Sports Facility Development Authority to seize land. It was turned over to the Rangers for development. As a minority owner of the team George was close to these people. As Governor he later pulled the teeth from those laws. His run for Governor was based on a platform of issues he misrepresented. His working existence is a series of shady business deals. His morality is rife with hypocrisy. The book is filled with examples of this.
Hatfield's research begs for more questions to be asked too. In 1978 George ran for the Congressional riding of Midland, Texas. It came out that 61% of his financial backing came from outside that riding. Most of it was from big business interests. Why? At that point George had nothing behind him (apart from the family name) to warrant that support. It was there though. The records prove it. It was revelations like this that got J. H. Hatfield in trouble with the upper echelon of the Republican Party (to say nothing of their supporters). He hadn't started out with intentions of discrediting Bush. If anything it was the opposite; his sympathetic writing style makes that clear. The book is well written. The information is concise. Hatfield doesn't condemn. He just reports the facts. He had avoided what he couldn't prove. His coverage of the (possible) fiasco during the Air Guard tenure had been sparse. There's no mention of the ties between the Bush and Hinckley families either. Hatfield would have found those. He left them alone though. It was only after attacks on his credibility that he did some more research. Then he found the details of the cocaine bust. It's hard to say how much more he'd have found had he lived. It's even harder to guess how much he would have proven. There seems to be plenty there.
Still, what he found was more than enough. It produced a very important book. Everyone should read it.