Instaread Summary of Bush by Jean Edward Smith
Five out of five stars
This contents of this summary will please those that believe that the presidency of George W. Bush was a disaster and annoy the people that have a higher opinion of his administration. It is inevitable that how his presidency is ultimately ranked will depend to a great extent on how Iraq eventually emerges from what is now over a decade of war. The final sentence of the book that is also the final sentence of the summary is an excellent encapsulation of this criteria.
“Whether George W. Bush was the worst president in American history will be long debated, but his decision to invade Iraq is easily the worst foreign policy decision ever made by an American president.”
The summary covers the early life of George W. Bush, how he was a child of privilege and generally acted like it. To his credit, after he had a religious awakening, he dropped his previous lifestyle and became a serious and dedicated man.
While a great deal of the summary deals with Bush and his problems in Iraq, there is mention of some of the good things that he accomplished. Millions of lives have been saved by his AIDS initiative in Africa, it truly has changed societies there for the better. The authors also point out that Bush was not a stupid man, he just seemed to lack a curiosity about the world outside the United States.
This summary is a powerful argument in favor of reading the book. George W. Bush will be discussed for a long time and there will be a great deal of controversy over whether he was the worst president ever. What is clearly true is that while there are some diehard supporters of the Iraq war, the overwhelming consensus is that it was a colossal mistake.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.