Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President

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Upon winning the Governorship of Texas, Bush became known for a casual, friendly style, often spontaneously visiting his fellow lawmakers in Austin. However, this single baby-boomer-style element of his legacy is overshadowed by the results of "compassionate conservatism:" a ravaged environment, growing disparity between rich and poor, Texas style cronyism, property tax reform that benefitted landlords and ignored tenants, diminished popular rights to abortion, legalization of concealed handguns despite protest ...

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Overview

Upon winning the Governorship of Texas, Bush became known for a casual, friendly style, often spontaneously visiting his fellow lawmakers in Austin. However, this single baby-boomer-style element of his legacy is overshadowed by the results of "compassionate conservatism:" a ravaged environment, growing disparity between rich and poor, Texas style cronyism, property tax reform that benefitted landlords and ignored tenants, diminished popular rights to abortion, legalization of concealed handguns despite protest from law enforcement, and finally, a stubborn refusal to approve Hate Crimes laws even after the brutal murder of James Byrd by three Texas racists in Jasper.

Bush is described in Fortunate Son as being politically to the right of his father. His lack of real compassion planned a nuclear waste dump 5 miles away from the poor, Hispanic town of Sierra Blanca. Rather than grant clemency to born-again death-row inmate Karla Fay Tucker, Bush waited until the last possible moment before grand-standing in the media spotlight and again refusing to reconsider, despite the pleas of prominent religious leaders.

With 54 pages of source notes, Hatfield's book is a researched, precision-cut account. It balances Bush the likeable fellow with Bush the politician America needs to get to know better.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887128841
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Which Little Boy Will Grow Up To Be President?
Author's Note
Prologue: Curious George 1
1 The Founding Fathers 5
2 Young and Irresponsible 26
3 Ties That Bind 53
4 Home Run 75
5 Wins and Losses 97
6 The Family Business 120
7 "Ann Doesn't Work Here Anymore" 143
8 The Measure of the Man 173
9 Crime and Punishment 190
10 New Dog, Old Tricks 213
11 Walk Don't Run 239
12 Great Expectations 269
Epilogue: Brand Name 302
Afterword 306
Source Notes 319
Why I Published Fortunate Son 369
Index 375
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Introduction

Milton said it best, in Areopagetica. It was 1643 and the British parliament had passed laws restricting the sale of pamphlets and newsbooks by allowing only licensed printers to publish. Criticism of the new ruling elite was eliminated under the rubric of preserving the propriety and religious beliefs of the Puritans . Milton brilliantly criticized this law, which stopped good reporting as well as "evil" publications, explaining, "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and falsehood grapple; who ever knew truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter." Interestingly, the harsh licensing laws Milton came out against were written by a revolutionary government supposedly committed to liberty. The infamous Star Chamber, which had maimed and tortured printers and publishers for sedition and heresy, had been disbanded, but the authoritarian impulse towards censorship remained. It was Milton’s argument that formed the basis for a free press.

In today's United States, putatively committed to liberty and freedom of speech, the book in your hands had to be reprinted after tens of thousands of copies were collected from bookstores all over America and burned. There were no licensing laws involved in the decision by St. Martin's Press, just a set of spurious principles that make such laws redundant. Publishing and journalism do a great job censoring themselves these days, thanks to the discipline provided by lawsuits and the threat of withdrawn access. Instead of truth and falsehood getting to wrestle in the minds of readers, the truth never makes it to the ring, while falsehood is freely told and repeated.

For months now, George W. Bush has failed to deny allegations of cocaine use. Asked directly, time and again, Bush has demurred. He admits to drinking as a young man, but on cocaine, he has repeated a series of non-answers. He has even said that he does not want go into his past because that may give a young person an excuse to do what Bush had done in his past. Basic logic fills in the blanks of Bush’s non-answer. To the question "Have you ever done cocaine?" there are two possible answers, "Yes" and "No." Only one of these two answers fulfills the condition of possibly giving a young person an excuse to engage in a variety of self-destructive behaviors like cocaine use, and that is the "Yes" answer. What conclusions can be drawn from logic? According to the practices of modern journalism, absolutely nothing. Whatever George W. Bush or other major public figures say enjoys life as a fact, thanks to the news media simply repeating press releases faithfully. Thus, George W. Bush is a "compassionate conservative" not because he is particularly compassionate or is even a principled conservative, but because he says he is, and the press repeats it as fact. Even though his own comments on drug use allow us to create a logical proof to show that he has done drugs, journalists like Nat Hentoff are content to ignore logic and claim that Bush’s cocaine use is a rumor reported "without proof." Logic is similarly ignored when Bush’s own claim of compassionate conservatism is accepted without being examined critically. In addition to implying that conservatives are not generally compassionate, neither compassionate nor conservative accurately describe George W. Bush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    A Call To Action

    One thing that this author does is tell you about the interconnection between a beholden government, avarice corporatism and namesake in time for you to make a conscious voting decision at the polls. Moreover, the author explains how there's a double-standard between the elite in government and the working-class in government pertaining to drug standards of employment. This book is very well researched and its probably the closest people can get to the truth who are outside of the loop of the belt-way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Fact as Opposed to Fiction

    I found this title well-researched and documented. It really gets to the bottom (or tries to) about George W. Bush and the Eric Clapton hit single: 'Cocaine.' In addition, in reference to fellow-reviewer, Mr. Garwood's commentary--after suffering personal and financial ruination, at the hands of varied Bush supporters, author James Hatfield killed himself--is this the 'gotcha!' you were looking for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    The Truth Must Be Heard!

    I am surprised that the author did not have an 'accident' prior to publication due to the breadth of what he is attacking. Have no doubts, Bush is the pawn and frontman to a much greater evil. I would like to say that the American people would be smart enough to vote him out of office in '04 but I'm not so sure the way the public is eating up the propaganda. Even if we did vote him out it doesn't mean he would leave. There are some very powerful people that will go to great extents to keep him in power which would include ridding America of democracy if given a chance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    A solid biography

    I just finished the book today. It is a very well done book. In response to the reviewer who was looking for the 'gotcha', I am not sure what you are looking for. In regards to his business dealings, there is nothing completely illegal, but a pattern that suggests wrong doing. I have a feeling that the reviewer was looking at the President's alleged 'youthful indescretions'. The allegation involving his 1972 drug arrest does seem plausable. I think that the most disturbing thing about Bush is who backs him. He is clearly indebted to big business and it is no surprise that most of his tax cuts, while claiming to be helping everyday Americans, are geared to helping them. Hopefully the United States rights a mistake and shows W. the door in 2004!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    The truth hurts

    There's more damning evidence (aka gotchas) in this single book than in all the volumnous output of Ken Starr's office. Written dispassionately and factually, it shows him for the hypocrite he is, detailing his shady business dealings and willingness to sacrifice what few ideals he has for expediency's sake. Electing him President was the worst mistake the American public didn't actually make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    This is an important book-it should be read by everyone

    This is not a Bush bashing expose of George W. Bush. It does contain a lot of information about the man who sits in the White House and how he got there. After reading the book my opinion of George actually improved. It was so feared that people would get to know 'W' that the original publisher was pressured to recall and burn most of the original printing. The author was threatened, harrassed, bankrupted and finally hounded to death (literally) for writing this book by the deep pockets behind the scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    Fact or Fiction

    I keep looking for the 'gotcha' while reading. Where the author really proved some misdeed or confirmed some unfortunate vices. Readig and reading, even going back, there was no 'gotcha'. This book should be listed under gossip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    Top-Notch Journalism

    After you read this book, you'll no longer wonder why George W. Bush did not want it to be published: it exposes him for what he is--a pawn bought by congromerate cash. A must-read for anyone who is considering voting for Bush; I think you will be surprised by what you will find out about the so-called 'compassionate conservative.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2000

    Politics In America

    On a macro level Hatfield's book provided a good resume of George W. Bush. The micro details were perhaps too skewed. This book brings out the strong trait of George W. as a leader in private business and politics. The drug issue was perhaps played out too far.I am sure that The 60's and 70's college generation readers will scan this part and will go on far there. Afterall, nobody inhaled. I would have enjoyed more details regarding the family tree and the cast of family members.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    '..the UNmaking of a presidential canidate...'

    Soft Skull Press will be taking some hard knocks with this controversial re-issue,but high possibility this bio may be highwater mark..of his (gov't) career

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