REVIEW: Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Walter M. Brasch

Title: Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush
Author: Walter M. Brasch
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Publisher: BookSurge
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Genre: Political Commentary
Publication date: September 30, 2007
ISBN: 2007904037
ISBN 13 : 978-1-4196-6950-7
Length: 440 pages
Format: Trade Paperback

Hard-Hitting Political Punditry!

Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush by journalist, editor, author and journalism professor Walter M. Brasch is a collection of his social issues column ‘Wanderings’ in addition to a few new columns written specifically for this book.

His is a critical, compelling, in-depth analysis of the Bush Presidency from the Republican primaries in February 2000 through April 2007 and the new Democratic majority in Congress. Under Brasch’s unflinching eye, insightful wisdom and scalpel sharp wit the Bush Administration is dissected and laid bare upon the autopsy table of Free Speech. But he doesn’t stop there, also slicing and dicing Congress and the mainstream media as enablers of the President and his Cabinet. His columns are real-time snapshots, honest and brutal in their reporting, and do not suffer through the prism of hindsight, where the view is often colored and skewed to fit a preconceived agenda or ideal.

Brasch was ahead of the curve of popular opinion about George W. Bush and many of his policies. In October 2001 he was warning about the perils to civil liberties of the newly passed Patriot Act when the majority of people were cheering its passage and the media largely stood silent. He was criticizing the Administration on it’s global warming stance long before it became the Al Gore fueled hot-button issue it is today.

Brasch’s commentary is ardent and passionate while always remaining clear-eyed and focused, seeking accountability and responsibility from an Administration notorious for being insular and never admitting to any mistakes. My only quibble is when the author uses personal attacks or insults to make or illustrate a point, whether the target be President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Senator Clinton or Senator Kerry. This serves only to cheapen the discourse while adding nothing of substance, and Walter M. Brasch is better than this. So, for a lively, forthright, witty, comprehensive and intellectual commentary of the Bush Presidency from day one to the present, this is the book.

Reviewer: Michael
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