The first and best-selling of the Bush biographies, this work has been universally hailed as the definitive and unbiased look at the life of George W. Bush. Excerpted in several major publications, reprinted in China, quoted and referenced in almost every subsequent work on Bush and his family and his political network, this book remains the starting point for any historical examination into his life and times. Praised by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Review of Books and countless other publications, it has become the dog-eared reference work for historians, reporters and academics poring over the life of George W. Bush. Beyond it's lingering historical accuracy, it has been singled out as a rollicking tour de force in political literature: In its review, The Baltimore Sun compared it to works by Tom Wolfe and even Hunter Thompson. Available in hardback and as an updated softcover edition with an additional 20,000 words. The book has been used as the basis for several televised documentaries done on Bush and his family. It has been referenced in countless venues: radio broadcasts, academic papers, newspaper editorials, university forums. The author has been invited to discuss his book with Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Katie Couric, Bill O'Reilly, Judy Woodruff, Bernard Shaw, Charlie Rose, Terri Gross on National Public Radio and hundreds of others around the nation and the world.
"A must read … a fascinating personality portrait of an ambitious, ornery and intensely competitive man"
"Has color and depth and seriousness"
"The first and most authoritative Bush biography, Bill Minutaglio opens up the Bush dynasty so the rest of America can understand how a guy named 'Dubya' could amass a campaign fortune, dazzle pundits and skyrocket to front-runner status before most American even knew the 2000 race had begun"
"A deft and convincing portrait"
"I could discern no evident bias, either adulatory or cynical … "
"With a style reminiscent of Tom Wolfe and Richard Ben Cramer—even Hunter Thompson (without the gonzo quotient), Bill Minutaglio takes the reader on a romp through Texas politics"
"An intriguing and illuminating portrait of the way an American family has wielded power and influence in business and politics for three generations. Any family that wants to learn how the game is really played should study the Bush dynasty."
"The book will be a dog-eared reference for politicos and journalists and anyone else … Minutaglio captures the Machiavellian maneuvers of Washington political aides and the wacky, often hardball antics of Texas politics with dead-on accuracy"
"One of those very rare nonfiction books that captures the trifecta—wonderfully readable, impeccably reported, and revealing"