Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy

Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy

by Lou Cannon, Carl M. Cannon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586486297
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 12/07/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 644 KB

About the Author

Carl M. Cannon is the White House correspondent for National Journal, the author of The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War, and co-author of Boy Genius: Karl Rove, The Architect of George W. Bush's Remarkable Political Triumphs. He lives in Washington, D.C. Lou Cannon covered Ronald Reagan for thirty-six years, first as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, later as The Washington Post White House correspondent. The author of five other books on Reagan including President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, he lives in Summerland, California.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Three Generations     1
What Reagan Wrought     27
The Three Presidencies of George W. Bush     55
Safe for Democracy     97
Noble Causes     111
The Short Wars of Ronald Reagan     135
The Long Wars of George W. Bush     169
M.B.A. President     219
Reagan's Disciple     257
Legacy     285
Acknowledgments     327
Notes     331
Bibliography     351
Index     363

What People are Saying About This

John McCain

Reagan's Disciple is the ideal antidote for the superficial and imitative analysis that seems to dominate the coverage of George W. Bush. For those looking for a deeper and fairer understanding of the strengths and flaws of his presidency, and for penetrating observations about Ronald Reagan's enduring influence on this country, this is the book to read.

Douglas Brinkley

If you want to understand the long political shadow President Ronald Reagan has cast over the Bush administration, this is the book for you. The Cannons have written a deeply informative and lucid analysis of how Reagan's freedom-tinged Cold War policies have influenced post-9/11 decision making. A truly important and wise book. (Douglas Brinkley, professor of History and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University, and editor of The Reagan Diaries)

Joseph S. Nye Jr.

Did George W. Bush ratify or derail the Reagan revolution? No two people are better placed to answer this important question than Lou and Carl M. Cannon. They do so with elegance and conviction in this fascinating book. (Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean of the Kennedy School of Government and author of Soft Power)

Kenneth M. Duberstein

Lou and Carl, as usual, get it right. Uncommon anecdotes, insights, and analysis that catalogue why one president soared-and one didn't. They tell it like it was, and like it is. (Kenneth M. Duberstein, former Reagan White House chief of staff)

Martin & Annelise Anderson

A fascinating and timely comparison of two important-and very different-U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, by two of the nation's top political reporters. Lou Cannon, Reagan's preeminent biographer, and his son, Carl M. Cannon, compare their philosophies, actions, and personalities. By March 2003, the authors tell us, George Bush was `No longer Reagan's disciple, he was his own man-for better or worse.' (Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson, fellows at the Hoover Institution and co-editor of Reagan, In His Own Hand and Reagan: A Life in Letters)

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