In Dean's estimation, the secrecy with which Bush and Dick Cheney govern is not merely a preferred system of management but an obsessive strategy meant to conceal a deeply troubling agenda of corporate favoritism and a dramatic growth in unchecked power for the executive branch that put at risk the lives of American citizens, civil liberties, and the Constitution. He theorizes that the truth about these and many other situations, including the decision to go to war in Iraq, will eventually surface and that Bush and Cheney's secrecy is a thus far effective means of keep a lid on a rapidly multiplying set of lies and scandals that far outstrip the misdeeds that led directly to Dean's former employer resigning in disgrace.
Dean's charges are impassioned and more severe than many of Bush's most persistent critics. But those charges are realized only after careful reasoning and steady logic by a man who knows his way around scandal and corruption. Jun 16, Barb rated it it was amazing. This isn't new - it was written in Bush's first term but of all of the books written about the last 8 years, this is one of the best. Dean was the guy in the Nixon administration who blew their cover; he's a lawyer and a man of integrity.
He doesn't just cover the egregious excesses of this administration but he goes to the underlying issues and motivations and, believe me, it's scary. GWB's father was in office when the cold war ended even if he wasn't really responsible for it and now his so This isn't new - it was written in Bush's first term but of all of the books written about the last 8 years, this is one of the best. GWB's father was in office when the cold war ended even if he wasn't really responsible for it and now his son is playing from the same Soviet playbook of invading and reshaping the world in his own read neo-con vision of the world.
That lesson has already been learned and it doesn't work. How can we hold ourselves up as morally correct when we are doing the same thing as our sworn enemies of less than twenty years ago? I can't wait to read his newest book. He knew about the Watergate cover-up and all of the other crap Nixon, Haldeman and Erlichman were doing. Things like breaking into psychiatrist's offices and stealing private patient files, rigging the Democratic primaries with slur campaigns, and sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks Kissinger helped out with that.
Well, it's been a few years since it was first published -- suffice to say it needs some new chapters. Sep 02, Bill S. As White House counsel to Richard Nixon during the Watergate years the author has seen more than his share of behind the scenes shenanigans. The single most mind-boggling thing about their first term was that they were able to get themselves re-elected! Sep 30, Colleen Clark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: citizens. Shelves: politics-terror. He has gone on to a career in investment banking, I believe.
The title reveals his point of view, but the text is copiously documented and what he writes about is not available anywhere else. Not an easy read but has essential information for anyone who cares about our country. It is NOT outdated as of If anything the problem of executive overreach and secrecy is worse than ever. May 28, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: history-non-fiction , political-analysis. This is a scathing indictment of the Bush Administration's secretive, illegal and arrogant behavior Ironically, it is written by John Dean, who served in the Nixon White House during the Watergate scandal.
And, tellingly, he has entitled his book "Worse than Watergate. Jan 13, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: politics.
This was a very interesting book to read at this point in time; about years after it was written and long after the Bush Cheney administration is gone. This book verifies many things we suspected were happening but had no verification. Dean has done his homework. Wish I had read this about five years ago.
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Oct 06, Mark rated it it was amazing. Dean went to prison for his sins.
What a perspective to look at the sins of Cheney and Bush. His arguments are well written and convincing. Would you expect less from a top lawyer? Jun 27, Sherri rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , politics , history.
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Excellent read and very scary. If I had known this stuff when Bush was president, I would have moved to Canada! John Dean would know. I enjoy Deans writing and straight forward approach to diplomacy and learning from past mistakes. Sep 19, Mark Welkie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-stars , movement-conservatism-republicans , non-fiction , john-dean , george-w-bush. Nov 01, Rebecca rated it really liked it.
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With all the outrages going on now, I'd forgotten how bad Bush and Cheney were. Trump is what the US deserves for letting Cheney implement Nixon's dreams of an uncheckable, uncontrollable, imperial presidency, and for all those who let them get away with it, and never called them to account for their actions. What could go wrong with giving one person unlimited power? Gee, I can't imagine. Aug 08, Carmen rated it really liked it.
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Dean is a deft writer so his insights are welcome and delivered in a fast-pace manner. May 12, Ice rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. The difference, as the title of Dean's book indicates, is that The most facile presidential comparison one could make for George W.
Sep 13, James rated it really liked it. It makes no bones about being biased, but most assertions are well footnoted - and IMO, likely true. Some of the content is now a bit dated as it was written and released prior to the president's re-election in The author closes his text arguing that "storm clouds" were forming and that he thought it likely we'd see a major [Watergate-sized] scandal unfold.
Looking at the three-ish years since the book was released, I don' 'Reasonably well put together criticism of the Bush administration. Looking at the three-ish years since the book was released, I don't feel this has yet happened - so it made the closing of the book seem a bit weak to me. Then again, I think it's possible that more whistle-blowers will come forward as the president becomes an ever lamer duck, so perhaps the author simply misjudged the time-frame for his prognostication. Mar 20, Kevin Larsen rated it liked it Shelves: political-opinion. I read this years ago, I think near George W's reelection.
All he needed to say that election was "Don't change horses in midstream" the same as Lincoln's reelection campaign and he was voted back in. Anyway, an interesting anecdote about this is that a Republican friend of mine, in the financial services industry go figure, nowadays you're lucky to find any Democrats there implied that authors like this are fools or clowns. In this book, though, he may be right. Dean, former attorne I read this years ago, I think near George W's reelection.
Dean, former attorney of Nixon, must've wanted another 15 minutes of fame. The real gem of this book is that it explains how Iraq was an illegal war, according to international law, from the beginning and, of course, there were no WMDs. In the Iran-Iraq war maybe, but not in Jan 21, Elizabeth Sulzby rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , history-politics. Not in his essence, or in his bond with his brother, which animates the book.
Like many families that have struggled with mental illness, the Powerses have seen way beyond their reasonable share of darkness, but they do eventually find a kind of hope and strength.
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This brave book — which reads like the act of consecration it is — imparts both, and demands society do the same for all who struggle. From Kirkus Reviews. Having previously published notable books in the realms of biography, media criticism, small-town ethnography, investigative journalism, and memoir, the author once again demonstrates his versatility. The unforgettable title of his latest book derives from a callous comment made by a politician in As Powers demonstrates through in-depth reporting and his own personal experience, even when those in positions of authority sincerely believe in the importance of helping those who are mentally ill, meaningful care tends to receive short shrift at budget time.
The author never wanted to write a book about mental health because of the nightmares that would arise discussing highly personal matters. However, he decided that the urgency for improved mental health policy and funding in this country compelled him to forge ahead with a manuscript.
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