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What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception | [Scott McClellan]

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

Scott McClellan belonged to President Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.
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Scott McClellan belonged to President Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.

In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, McClellan provides his unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives listeners a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and explores the lessons this presidency offers the American people as they prepare to elect a new leader.

©2008 Scott McClellan; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The former press secretary of President Bush (No. 43 version) empties out his notebooks, and all of Washington will be holding its breath." (Seattle Times)

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    Rupe 06-15-08
    Rupe 06-15-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Well, DUH."

    I'm glad he puts it out there that Cheney and Rove were involved with covering up an act of treason. But then he gets on a soap box and his dimwitted insights drag on and on. Thank God I could shut it off.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Rathdrum, ID, USA 07-05-08
    Gail Rathdrum, ID, USA 07-05-08
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    "An Introspective Analysis"

    Scott McClellan presents us with an intriguing perspective on the inside workings of the White House. Fascinating how his trust and respect for President Bush was eroded by the political workings of the institution. Concurrently, I am reading Valerie Plane Wilson's book, "Fair Game" -- a good combination.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 08-28-10
    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 08-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "snoozer"

    this has got to be one of the worst books I have listened to yet. It sounds like it was written by a teenager. Time to grow up, Scott. By the way, Scott, the general understanding about the Iraq war now is it was Cheney and his crew who came up with the idea. You are still sticking to the sophmoric "Bush wanted to spread democracy" story?? They wanted to demonstrate to the rest of the world that the US was the single world power after the Soviet Union fell. The real effect is that Bush and Cheney put the US in a much weaker world position and nearly bankrupt our county. We will be paying for Cheney's "show" invasion for years to come, in dollars and in human suffering. And poor Scott has to find a new job. How tragic. Scott, you are nothing but a fly on the ass of the Bush administration.

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    James Nacogdoches, tx, United States 06-11-08
    James Nacogdoches, tx, United States 06-11-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Over Hyped"

    The narration is painfully stiff. I have listened to the first half hour and I want to give up. So far the book is focused on this writer's family and its political connections. It feels like listening to the guy in your college class who had an inferiority complex and needed to make up for it. I will continue to listen in hopes of hearing some information which meets with the media hype, but so far I wish I hadn't wasted my credit.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. Michael Tumacacori, AZ, USA 06-11-08
    S. Michael Tumacacori, AZ, USA 06-11-08
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    Idealist, Self-Promoting and Boring!

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