Bush Memoir a Rehash of Others’ Journals – What’s the Surprise?

Posted on November 12, 2010

Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim is all in a stew at finding the following about George Bush’s book:

When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn’t getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises “gripping, never-before-heard detail” about the former president’s key decisions, offering to bring readers “aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq,” and other undisclosed and weighty locations.

Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial “decision points” of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush’s character: He’s too lazy to write his own memoir. [Huffington Post – read entire article here]

Huff Po wants people to find and add to the list of “liftable” moments in the tome. Why bother?  Originality was never Bush’s forte. He is not bright in the first place as his academic record clearly has indicated.  He was not the brightest bulb in the White House which anyone could clearly see and no one in their right mind could see his/her way clear to buying any book he wrote. Plagarism? If there is not a sea of footnotes in this magnum opus then that is a horse of another color.

There was one exquisite, cogent comment on the article quoted above.

Jamesb333 said on 12 Friday 2010 pm30 2:35 pm:
You didn’t think the dope actually wrote a book, did you?

That’s the bottom line, James333.  I might add: you never thought Crown was a really great publishing house did you?  They were always known as a reprint house.  Seems Bush’s book was in the right hands!


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