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The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment
     

The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment

by Julian E. Zelizer
 

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ISBN-10: 0691149011

ISBN-13: 9780691149011

Pub. Date: 09/13/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Presidency of George W. Bush brings together some of today's top American historians to offer the first in-depth look at one of the most controversial U.S. presidencies. Emotions surrounding the Bush presidency continue to run high—conservatives steadfastly defend its achievements, liberals call it a disgrace. This book examines the successes as

Overview

The Presidency of George W. Bush brings together some of today's top American historians to offer the first in-depth look at one of the most controversial U.S. presidencies. Emotions surrounding the Bush presidency continue to run high—conservatives steadfastly defend its achievements, liberals call it a disgrace. This book examines the successes as well as the failures, covering every major aspect of Bush's two terms in office. It puts issues in broad historical context to reveal the forces that shaped and constrained Bush's presidency—and the ways his presidency reshaped the nation.

The Presidency of George W. Bush features contributions by Mary L. Dudziak, Gary Gerstle, David Greenberg, Meg Jacobs, Michael Kazin, Kevin M. Kruse, Nelson Lichtenstein, Fredrik Logevall, Timothy Naftali, James T. Patterson, and the book's editor, Julian E. Zelizer. Each chapter tackles some important aspect of Bush's administration—such as presidential power, law, the war on terror, the Iraq invasion, economic policy, and religion—and helps readers understand why Bush made the decisions he did. Taking readers behind the headlines of momentous events, the contributors show how the quandaries of the Bush presidency were essentially those of conservatism itself, which was confronted by the hard realities of governance. They demonstrate how in fact Bush frequently disappointed the Right, and how Barack Obama's 2008 election victory cast the very tenets of conservatism in doubt.

History will be the ultimate judge of Bush's legacy, and the assessment begins with this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691149011
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2010
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix
Acknowledgments xi
Chapter 1: Establishment Conservative: The Presidency of George W. Bush by JULIAN E. ZELIZER 1
Chapter 2: How Conservatives Learned to Stop Worrying and
Love Presidential Power by JULIAN E. ZELIZER 15
Chapter 3: A Sword and a Shield: The Uses of Law in the
Bush Administration by MARY L. DUDZIAK 39
Chapter 4: George W. Bush and the "War on Terror" by TIMOTHY NAFTALI 59
Chapter 5: Anatomy of an Unnecessary War: The Iraq Invasion by FREDRIK LOGEVALL 88
Chapter 6: Transformative Economic Policies: Tax Cutting, Stimuli, and Bailouts by JAMES T. PATTERSON 114
Chapter 7: Wreaking Havoc from Within: George W. Bush's Energy Policy in Historical Perspective by MEG JACOBS 139
Chapter 8: Ideology and Interest on the Social Policy Home Front by NELSON LICHTENSTEIN 169
Chapter 9: Creating Their Own Reality: The Bush Administration and Expertise in a Polarized Age by DAVID GREENBERG 199
Chapter 10: Compassionate Conservatism: Religion in the Age of George W. Bush by KEVIN M. KRUSE 227
Chapter 11: Minorities, Multiculturalism, and the Presidency of George W. Bush by GARY GERSTLE 252
Chapter 12: From Hubris to Despair: George W. Bush and the Conservative Movement by MICHAEL KAZIN 282
Notes 303
Index 363

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