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What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/6/3
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In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides. Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we prepare to elect a new leader.
"Associated Press," June 20, 2008"McClellan has burned the talking points -- and his bridges -- in writing this book, and the results are a more sophisticated assessment than most anything his former colleagues turned out. "What Happened" provides a telling and unflattering glimpse of Bush and his White House, also makes an important commentary on Washington's poisonous political climate -- one that Bush promised to change, but did not, McClellan writes."商品の説明をすべて表示する
The book's focus is nominally on the lead-up to and fall-out from the Valerie Plame Affair and Scott McLellan's involvement in communicating White House involvement to the press. Obviously, he feels this is the axis upon which his reputation revolves. While many may be inclined to agree, perhaps more important is the book's continual reversion to the ideas of Permanent Campaign and Scandal Culture. These items, practiced by the US political and media establishments, respectively, are covered in greater details elsewhere (some sources are cited in this text), but McClellan's memoir serves as a decent summary and case study of the intersection of these two phenomena.
The text can be a tad preachy at times, and there are frequent instances of second-guessing, which is always easier after the fact (e.g. Bret Favre shouldn't have thrown an interception on his last pass...). However, it does offer very good insight to the day-to-day operations of the press secretary. At the end of the day, I am not sure whether the narrative is effectively connected to the message, but the message is very likable.
The White House tried to trash Mr. McClellan when the book came out, because that's their way of dealing with dis-loyal Bushies. But once I read it, I could see why this book was written. A naive young man who tried to do the right thing could no longer live inside of his own conscious after he was lied to to protect the guilty in the inner circle.
The book is a pretty quick read and gets right down to business. A little background and a lot of the goings on in the Bush White House.
Austinite, I am familiar with three generations of Keeton/McClellans, all very bright folks, all very politically oriented and well-spoken. Scott's father Barr wrote an expose on the law firm that represented LBJ, for instance. His mother was mayor of Austin for years and ran for Governor of Texas. What is most interesting about Scott's book is not so much what he divulges, but the fact that he perceived the political wind shift and got out. I thought the family was historically Democrat and never understood why Bush hired so deeply into the family. Scott writes well. Will he remain Republican? Who knows. Look for more from this family in the future.