George W. Bush probably has a lot on his mind right now. His political party is dealing with some significant problems and the mainstream media hasn’t been doing them any favors. The former president has his own difficulties, though. A man notorious for writing extensive and critical volumes around former presidents has just completed a book about his time in office.
Author Jean Edward Smith doesn’t hold anything back. As he states in the opening sentence of the preface; “Rarely in the history of the United States has the nation been so ill-served as during the presidency of George W. Bush.”
In his newest book, Bush, Smith takes a direct approach to picking apart the former president’s campaigns and policies, making it very clear when he thinks Bush did something he shouldn’t have. As Smith puts it, “His decision to invade Iraq is easily the worst foreign policy decision ever made by an American president.”
There have been speculations among political pundits that the former president Bush might be remembered more sympathetically throughout history if Donald Trump is elected. Yet books such as Smith’s are clear reminders that we cannot forget history regardless of what the future holds. It also implies that the factors of Bush’s presidency played a part in Trump’s decision to run for office on the Republican ticket.
By the end of the book, it is clear that Smith is raising the question of whether or not Bush can be classified as the “worst president in history.” The question has been asked time and time again, but after reading Bush, readers may have a slightly different perspective on the president. Whether or not they will more sympathetic to him remains to be seen.
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