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10 апреля 2009 | Автор: Admin | Рубрика: Аудиокниги » Иностранные языки | Комментариев: 0

What Happened: Inside The Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
AudioBook | ISBN: 9781433214349 | 128Kb mp3 | 690MB

What Happened: Inside The Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
By Scott Mcclellan

* Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.
* Number Of Pages: 10
* Publication Date: 2008-06-02
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1433214342
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781433214349
* Binding: Audio CD

Product Description:

In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides a unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns.

Summary: fascinating read
Rating: 5

I will admit to not liking Scott McClellan when he was working for the Bush administration. I felt like he knew more than he was saying for years, and it turns out I was right. But to read in his own words how he did it - what he knew and how he was told to spin it - is very interesting. It makes me wonder what I would have done in his situation. It is easy enough for skeptics to say he should have quit his job, but reading about his life and beliefs and his torn loyalties you see that this was not a black & white situation. It is his insight into all the shades of gray that make this a worthwhile read. If you don't want to give him your money, fine, but definitely wait in line for it at the library. You may be as pleasantly surprised as I was, and less judgemental (as I was) when you're through.

Summary: Great Book!
Rating: 5

Very concise, informative and easy to read. This morning McClellan said he would donate part of the proceeds to families of Iraq War casualties. I hope he agrees to appear on alternative and progressive media shows as well as the mainstream media.

Summary: Okay....
Rating: 3

I got around to reading this book and it's good, but it's nothing new. The only thing that makes it special it would seem is the insider that Scott Mcclellan did it. I find it wonderful that even people who are friends of Bush are turning their backs on them and can't support them. These facts and beliefs should be seen that Bush is, in fact, incompetent. I'm not going to go on an anti-Bush rant and say this or that about him, just, I find it sad that fear and politics cost four thousand Americans their lives in a senseless and unneccessary war. That seven hundred and fifty thousand Iraqi's--innocent, civilians, people like we were in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the planes--have lost their lives in result of this war.

So I read this book, yes, and I've read other books like it, and yet nothing is changing, Bush is still screwing up on words, and people are still applauding this man. He gets away with murder by saying that the intelligence I had was wrong. Well, four thousand Americans later, that was a big typo. I wait eagerly for someone to make the point that George Bush is a direct descendent of Franklin Pierce who ran as a democrat and one the election and was the most responsible for starting the civil war in America.

This book gets three stars because it says nothing new and will do nothing new. When we get a book like All The Presidents Men, or articles like it, that lead to the downfall, or at least some federal inquiry (They did it to see if Roger Clemens had perjured himself, why can't we have a task force to see if Bush may have possibly known that what he was adressing to the Supreme Court was false) then I'll be happy and then I'll be ready to say something is happening. This book is a book, for people who don't like Bush it will confirm what they knew, for people who like Bush, they'll point to the fact that throughout all history, all war was run on Propaganda, and all war was costly. Nothing changes. It's sad really.

Summary: Another county heard from
Rating: 3

This book is the latest memoir to reach the public on the Bush administration. This has become almost a genre in and off and itself and focuses on who is to blame for the current state of affairs. By and large "the current state of affairs" covers a great deal of ground,ranging from Iraq, the response to Hurricane Katrina, Valerie Plame, and other assorted policy failures. Doubtless, the empire plans on striking back at some point, but I think the books provide a kind of Rashomon-like picture of how things happened.

What we have is a perfect political storm in which various strong willed members of an administration, thought to be competent, entered power with an agenda and proved otherwise. Scott McClellen has written a book that shows a president uninvolved, Cheney, Rove and Libby running amuck and Rice trying to duck any sort of responsibility for the policy failures. This would be surprising were it not that much the same thing has been reported in previous works. I suppose what is surprising is that such an intimate would produce such a critical book. Predictably the administration has made matters worse by reacting to McClellen's book with all the furor of a cult over the departure of one of its members.

While no friend to the Bush administration, I do feel it might duty to describe some of the book's stong points and failings. First of all the book includes a great deal of biographical information. While some people have seen fit to find fault with this aspect of the book, I think this is very useful. It enables one to evaluate some of McClellen's other observations. Where I think the book is weak is in some of the sweeping statements he makes about various members of the administration. Why, because I cannot see how McClellen can be viewed as an expert in presidential administrations, merely the George W. Bush administration. I think what the book lacks is a basic understanding of how other administrations have operated, failed and succeeded. McClellen asks if "Bush smart enough to be president?" for example. While he thinks so, it is not clear whether this is an informed judgement or not. I am not sure if service to one administration gives him the presepctive to know what makes a person qualified to be smart enough to be president.

Clearly something has gone wrong and come unstuck. While McClellen's book is not the definitive study, it will likely be cited in future books that seek to understand how a presidential administration failed on such a spectacular scale. Whoever is given the task of cleaning this mess up to put the best historical face on things will have their work cut out for them. Whoever undertakes this task must first prove the positive effectiveness of the Buchanan, Grant, and Harding administrations. Only then can our future sophist attempt this latest attempt of making white black and black white.

Summary: Save your money
Rating: 2

The only interesting bits about this book are already in the media. The rest of the book is divide between autobiographical information which reveals little about Mr. McClellan and his balancing act of trying to gloss over his own guilt and shifting blame to administration officials.
Most of us who gets their news from non-traditional sources knew most of this stuff already but it's nice to see a "Brutus" come out but I wish it were someone higher up.

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