With what he believes is overwhelming evidence that President Bush took the nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses - a war that has caused great loss of life, cost this nation close to $1 trillion, and alienated most of our allies in the Western world - Bugliosi argues that it is George W. Bush who must be held accountable for what Bugliosi considers to be monumental crimes.
In this groundbreaking book, Bugliosi, in his inimitable style, presents a powerful case against the man in the oval office.
©2008 Vincent Bugliosi; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Bugliosi gained a lot of cred in my mind, with 'Helter Skelter' and even more so 'Reclaiming History..'. So I had high hopes for what I felt was a well-deserved reckoning for the father of the nightmare this country had to endure for the last 8 years and the aftermath from which we now have to resurrect our country's moral compass, for ourselves and in the eyes of the rest of the world. I expected a cool, concise and most of all convincing justification for such an audacious title - along the lines of 'Reclaiming History..'. This, however was way too much of an emotional rant; a rambling and sputtering gripe-session, so biased, and often distracted by irrelevant details, as to actually detract from the meaningful, and critical material that's being laid out. This was more like listening to a kind of bizarro Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter (and Cashman's subtle impersonation of Bush when reading his quotes doesn't help much in this regard). I'm glad he wrote it, but wish his publisher had held him to a higher standard, telling him to turn down the bile, and steering him away from issues like academy award-winning rap songs, sexual promiscuity amongst the younger generation, or chronicling Bush's 'happiness' in casual press conferences. Bugliosi's anger is justifiable; his base premise is spot-on. But the curmudgeonly background noise and judgmental tangents he slogs through have unwittingly framed them as the bitter rantings of a pissed-off grandfather talking about 'kids these days'. Criticism aside, I admire his courage, and still think there is a fundamental need for true justice and reconciliation if America to right itself. To that end and in the spirit of 'Prosecution' I highly recommend reading Scott Horton's essay in Harper's Dec '08: Justice after Bush: Prosecuting an outlaw administration.
I generally like your work Mr. B, but this one needs a serious makeover to achieve its ambitions.
Premise of book could have been interesting, but author killed it with Quote and End Quote notations. Senile or as looney as Charlie Manson.
Of 30 plus downloads I've done from Audible -- this was the first loser.
This book is a must-read to all consciencious Americans, and students of logical thinking.
Bugliosi has built a tight, fact-based case against a criminal President.
The well-researched information provided in this book, supported by Bugliosi's experience as a successful prosecutor, helps elevate an average reader to the level of a critical observer.
I find my own evaluation and thinking (or lack thereof) of events post Sept 11 being challenged, and challenged well.
The audio is an interesting listen. The narrator does a great job presenting material. Not a moment of boredom.
Nothing new here. Yes, we all sympathize with those closest to the great loss created by Bush's war but I couldn't get past the section where the author begins quoting what sounds like every article ever written reporting casualties. Maybe try the paper book and skip through it.
I have read several of Bugliosi's prior books, all of which I have enjoyed. I was very disappointed by this book. I thought it might be a thoughtful look at whether the actions of Bush amounted to war crimes. Instead it is a personal attack on Bush (not for his policies but whether he loves America, calling him names, attacking his mother's character, whether he was personally distressed by the thousands of deaths in Iraq, whether he was on vacation too much). I only made it through the first couple of hours but during that part of the book, another theme was how much more hard working he was than Bush. The point isn't whether Bush is a patriot, a coward or lazy but whether his policies were based on truth, sound intelligence or political ends over all else. Anyone hoping for kind of serious thorough analysis of the facts that support or rebut suggestions that Bush's actions were criminal or just very ill advised but well intentioned should not waste their time on this book.
This heart of this book is contained primarily in chapter two, where the details of such a prosecution are revealed. This chapter is worth listening to in order to see how a prosecutor would question the witness, George W. Bush.
However, the rest of the book, chapter one and three, while largely valid, is composed of the author's rants which undermine the impact of his thesus.
That is, if we are to believe that a prosecution of any citizen is a non-partisan attempt to seek justice, why would we trust a prosecutorial perspective that blatantly reveals such personal bias against the defendant.
It seems that there are two books here, one titled "The Cross Examination of George W. Bush" and "I Hate Bush and So Should You."
I have no love for Bush, but this is not the legalistic, academic approach that I anticipated when purchasing this audio book.
I agree that what Bugliosi proposes would not likely happen as he lays out in the book (e.g., what would be admitted as evidence, Bush's lawyer objecting to lines of questionning). Even so, he makes a great argument. Others were annoyed by "quote," but what got me was just how large Bugliosi's ego is. He spent the first 30 mins bragging about himself and then spendt the last 30 or so in an interview set up - it sounded like he interviewed himself. Again...his gigantic ego. My summary of Bugliosi's argument - (1) Bush lied and should be held responsible & (2) Bugliosi is in love w/ himself.
The author is a little to close to this subject and gets too carried away in my opinon. I do agree with him, but a little less passion might have served him well here.
I could have lived without the petty Bush bashing in the first three chapters. But Chapter 4 is a must read. The Bush administration's blatant manipulation of intelligence to scare us into war is criminal, and should be prosecuted. Wake up America. The King is NOT above the law, and must be prosecuted.
Although I am sure that George Bush is as stupid and guilty as Bugliosi claims, he is way over the top in the way in which he presents his "case" for a guilty verdict. He makes assumptions that are just not supportable in a court of law and uses "evidence" that is not evidence at all and most of which would be thrown out as hearsay. I, too, became very tired of the word "quote" all the time and feel that the reader felt that we could not tell what and was not a quote. The case against Bush is so far over the top that even I - a die hard liberal straight from the 60's - cannot agree with the premise as presented or the action which Bugliosi urges.
George junior is indeed a person who has lied to the public to get his way. But the testimony he might give in court is incredibly twisted and presumes that a defense attorney would not be able to stop such questioning in a criminal trial. If Bugliosi handled his own trials in this way, I am surprised that he was able to obtain the number of guilty verdicts he claims.
Even if you liked his other books, and I did, DO NOT BUY THIS ONE!
I found this educating and riveting. Please listen and learn!
A detailed and fascinating account that leaves you in no doubt that the war in Iraq was illegal and that George W Bush lied to the American public and the rest of the world. He had a report from his own secret service stating their belief that there was no Immediate or present danger from Iran or Saddam Hussein and there were no links between Al Queda or Saddam's Ba'athist party. All the evidence exists to place George W Bush on trial for murder and I sincerely hope that it happens. Vincent Bugliosi has written what might be his most important book to date.
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