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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

You are there!

Bill Sammon has achieved the difficult task of drawing the reader into the White House decision-making circle. You learn about bedrock beliefs, doubts and fears and about the difficulty in getting the message out about any military operation when the media only wants t...
Bill Sammon has achieved the difficult task of drawing the reader into the White House decision-making circle. You learn about bedrock beliefs, doubts and fears and about the difficulty in getting the message out about any military operation when the media only wants to hear bad news. If you hate Bush, you should definitely read this book. He comes across as opinionated and firm, but far from the Michael Moore characature. This book will not change anyone's mind about policy, but it should cleanse hearts of hatred.

posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Crack Doesn't Smoke Itself

Gee, a reporter for the arch-conservative Washington Times is given 'insider' access to the Bush White House and 'discovers' that W is one of the great geniuses to ever occupy the office. What a shocker. And in this 'insider's account,' no mistakes are made, no failur...
Gee, a reporter for the arch-conservative Washington Times is given 'insider' access to the Bush White House and 'discovers' that W is one of the great geniuses to ever occupy the office. What a shocker. And in this 'insider's account,' no mistakes are made, no failures tolerated, no detail is too trivial to escape the Appointee-in-Chief's laser-like gaze. Never mind all the inconvenient facts about things like Iraq's weapons of mass disappearance, Osama bin Forgotten, and the so-called 'coalition of the willing' (I was there -- 50 token logistics troops from East Jebru doesn't make a damn bit of difference). This soon-to-be-remaindered, sooner-to-be-forgotten one-hit wonder is suitable only for late-night reading by infatuated Bushies and for the lining of bird cages -- but not necessarily in that order.

posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    Bush= American Hero

    Bush is an American hero. This book was well written. It is an excellent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    Crack Doesn't Smoke Itself

    Gee, a reporter for the arch-conservative Washington Times is given 'insider' access to the Bush White House and 'discovers' that W is one of the great geniuses to ever occupy the office. What a shocker. And in this 'insider's account,' no mistakes are made, no failures tolerated, no detail is too trivial to escape the Appointee-in-Chief's laser-like gaze. Never mind all the inconvenient facts about things like Iraq's weapons of mass disappearance, Osama bin Forgotten, and the so-called 'coalition of the willing' (I was there -- 50 token logistics troops from East Jebru doesn't make a damn bit of difference). This soon-to-be-remaindered, sooner-to-be-forgotten one-hit wonder is suitable only for late-night reading by infatuated Bushies and for the lining of bird cages -- but not necessarily in that order.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    You are there!

    Bill Sammon has achieved the difficult task of drawing the reader into the White House decision-making circle. You learn about bedrock beliefs, doubts and fears and about the difficulty in getting the message out about any military operation when the media only wants to hear bad news. If you hate Bush, you should definitely read this book. He comes across as opinionated and firm, but far from the Michael Moore characature. This book will not change anyone's mind about policy, but it should cleanse hearts of hatred.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    The Editor's Note Says It All

    Reread the editor's note for this book, where it declares that due to the author's access to the President and his administration, he was able to create 'a compelling chronicle of the second eighteen months of George W. Bush's term, as the administration's focus shifts from al Qaeda and Afghanistan to Iraq...' Al Queda attacked us and as a result we are at War with Terrorism. In spite of the President's vows to go after those who attacked us, this all access, pro-Administration book details his shift away from those who directly attacked us - and will again - to Iraq. Some masterful shifting of grand stragety. If Al Queda attacks us again, we should invade Venezeula. They've got lots of oil too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    A book that tells it truthfully

    It is refreshing to read about our President without the usual media slant. The opening chapter is riveting in that the behavior of the wacko lefts are indeed real and the hatred they have for President Bush is so real it consumes them, pushing them to do horrible things to people attempting to practice democracy. It seems freedome of speech is to be extended only to the democrats. Shame shame. This reporter has done an excellent job of drawing a balanced view of the Bush's white house. A recommended read for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    What you didn't know about Saddam!

    If you read nothing else, read the second chapter on Saddam Hussein. You will gain a greater appreciation of why we had to get rid of him and his sons. Warning: it will send chills through you. Also interesting was the first chapter on the protestors in Oregon. I found that to be pretty chilling also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Great way to really know George W. Bush

    After reading this book I would love to meet President Bush. I've always thought he was a kind and loving person. What this man has gone through in the media is just horrible. Everyone should read this and you can't help but appreciate and like G.W.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    An AWESOME book!

    I loved this book because it gives you the truth. It tells you what really happened. And those two things are very hard to find in todays media.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    An amazing look at President Bush

    This book gave you an inside look at the presidency of George W. Bush. It's very fair and balanced and objective. The most eye opening parts are how the media portrays Bush's presidency and the war on terror, and the real reasons why France, Germany, and Russia didn't want to go to war with Iraq. You won't be able to put it down once you start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    VERY MOVING

    This was an excellent book. More people should read it. I used to be more on the anti-Bush side until I read this book. I realized that everyone always sais untrue things about him. I enjoyed sections on the media the best, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Objective Reporting

    We live, unfortunately, in a time when the media have lost all objectivity. Accurate, balanced reporting of events has been sacrificed in interest of maximizing either readership or numbers of viewers. The starting point for reporting is a highly biased point of view which serves as a filter for all known facts which separates those which support the bias from all the rest. News in all its forms is reported to entertain and/or titillate rather than to inform. Therefore, it is refreshing to read an accounting of events by someone like Bill Sammon who does hesitate to call to task those among his peers who begin with bias, backing and filling their stories until they reflect the bias intended. 'Misunderestimated' is one of my best reads since 'The Future of Freedom' by Fareed Zakaria. In 'Misunderestimated', Sammon describes a frenzied press who, like their liberal followers, hate George W. Bush with an intensity not seen in my lifetime (I was born the year before FDR was elected). The hatred stems less from their dislike of any particular action of the Bush administration than it does from a deep seated belief that Bush stole the election of 2000. Given that, there is in their minds no legitimacy to any action he has taken. Adding to the frenzy of the press is Bush' ability to remain focsed on his agenda and what he believes to be right for America. Unlike his predecessor who based many if not most of his decisions on opinion polls, Bush has remained steadfast, ignoring the polls and listening to his own conscience and to constituents with strong core values. A specific and uninformed bias of the press is seen in Sammon's description of their obsessive comparison of the war in Irag with Vietnam war. Even though there are no parallels, politically or militarily, the press persists in making comparisons, hoping to piggyback the sense of frustration and shame which was attendent to the war in Vietnam. The media have had an another obsession about George Bush, namely, that his garbled syntax connotes a dull mind. They have been accustomed to glib, hollow statements of a predecessor who was less interested in 'doing the right thing' than he was in being popular. Reading Sammon's account, one cannot help but feel that we have reached a point where members of the press, even those who are less biased among them, have lost their ability to report accurately on any subject relating to George Bush. In Elmer Davis' book, 'But We Were Born Free', he described the press's frustration with a climate in the country which was a consequence of their own pandering to those obsessed with the specter of communisim. The current members of the press and television reporters have a similar obsession with George Bush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Essential Reading For Our Times

    While people will say that this book simply preaches to the converted, I think everyone should read it. You'll come away with an appreciation of just how bad the media is, how they attempt to sway public opinion, how right it was to go into Iraq and how it's wrong to underestimate George W. Bush. My favorite parts were on the media. One comes away realizing just how much they want to influence rather than report, to get someone rather than to get the truth. Remember CNN's covering up of Hussein's horrors in order to retain the right to report from Iraq? This book brings it right back up again, and justifiably so. It is an essential read because we should always know through what filters we get our information. A really great, quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Great Book

    This was a great book. It was an insightful look into Bush's life and the tasks of the administration. At times it takes you on a secrete adventure, such as Bush's sneak into Iraq for thanksgiving dinner, at others it was candid interviews with key personalites, such as the interveiw with Rice were she lays out the plan of transformation for the middle-east, and the focus we're takeing on the terrorists on the ground. Read this Book!

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    Posted September 14, 2010

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