With Rebel-in-Chief, veteran political reporter Fred Barnes provides the defining book on George W. Bushâs presidency, giving an insiderâs view of how Bushâs unique presidential style and bold reforms are dramatically remaking the countryâand, indeed, the world. In the process, Barnes shows, the president is shaking up Washington and reshaping the conservative movement.
Barnes has gained extraordinary access to the Bush administration for Rebel-in-Chief, conducting rare one-on-one interviews with President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and many other close presidential advisers. That access, along with Barnesâs extensive independent reporting and interviewing, produces an eye-opening look at this highly consequentialâand controversialâpresidency.
â¢ How Bush acts as an âinsurgent forceâ in the nationâs capitalââa different kind of presidentâ who is turning the Washington establishment on its ear
â¢ How Bush is redefining conservatism for a new eraâand creating a new Republican majority
â¢ The inside story of how Bush has revolutionized American foreign policyâand how the president's crusade for democracy would have been anathema to Bush himself only five years ago
â¢ When and why Bush decided to go into Iraq, even knowing that he was putting his political future at risk
â¢ How a White House aide you've probably never heard of is shaping the Bush vision
â¢ The surprising and important ways Bush's faith affects critical presidential decisions
â¢ How Bush has outmaneuvered his political opponents and surprised members of the press who have dismissed him as an intellectual bantamweight
â¢ How Bush routinely defies conventional wisdom because of his contempt for elite opinion and halfway reforms (âsmall-ball,â he calls them)âand why he usually wins
George W. Bush billed himself as a âdifferent kind of Republican.â He has proved to be a different kind of president, too. And Fred Barnesâs riveting behind-the-scenes account helps us understand how much this âRebel-in-Chief â is reshaping the world around us.
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About: Drawing on interviews with President Bush and other figures in the administration, a study of how the president operates analyzes his influence on conservative ideology and assesses the long-term influence of his political agenda.
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