Reagan's Disciple

George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy

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By Lou Cannon

By Carl M. Cannon

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George W. Bush ran for office promising to continue what conservative icon Ronald Reagan started, and two years into his first term, Bush was still being described as “Reagan’s son.” Today, with the Iraq War spinning out of control and the Democrats in charge of Congress, Republicans and the conservative movement have all but abandoned George W. Bush. What happened? Did Bush change, or did his party’s perceptions? Has the war and Bush’s performance on other issues derailed the larger goals of the Reagan Revolution — and even undermined its foundations? Or does the nation remain on a conservative path despite Bush’s low standing with his fellow Americans?

In Reagan’s Disciple, two widely respected reporter/ historians provide an authoritative and concise investigation into these issues. They describe the essence of the 40th and the 43rd presidencies, and compare them to shed new light on the history of the past three decades. They show both how extraordinary a leader Reagan was, and how preposterous the expectations for Bush were from the beginning. As Americans look toward choosing a new leader in 2008, Reagan’s Disciple will serve as an instructive tale for Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike.
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Dec 7, 2007
Page Count
336 pages
Publisher
PublicAffairs
ISBN-13
9781586486297

Lou Cannon

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Lou Cannon covered Reagan for thirty-six years, first as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, later as the Washington Post White House correspondent. He is the author of four other books on Reagan including Ronnie and Jesse: A Political Odyssey, Reagan, and President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, widely regarded as the definitive biography and as “the best study of that enigmatic presidency ” (New York Times Book Review). He lives in Summerland, California, near Santa Barbara.

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Carl M. Cannon

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Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of Politics Daily, Washington Bureau Chief for Reader’s Digest, White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal, a fellow-in-residence at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War, co-author of Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy with Lou Cannon, and Circle of Greed with Patrick Dillon. Carl was also a member of the San Jose Mercury-News staff awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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