By Bill Sammon
A riveting portrait of President Bush as he broadens the conflict on terror in another country -- and plunges into high-stakes political battles at domestic "They misunderestimated me," George W. Bush famously remarked at the eve of his old presidency. Fractured syntax apart, Bush was once correct: his detractors misunderstood his entice the yank public, and underestimated his huge political abilities. during this compelling new e-book, invoice Sammon finds how the president is popping those misperceptions to his virtue within the looming showdown with John Kerry and the Bush haters. As senior White condominium correspondent for the Washington instances, Sammon has been granted notable entry to the president and his closest confidants, from political professionals Karl Rove and Andy Card to international coverage advisers Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. the result's a compelling chronicle of the second one eighteen months of George W. Bush's time period, because the administration's concentration shifts from al Qaeda and Afghanistan to Iraq and the 2004 election. Sammon's on-the-scene reporting and specific interviews with the president and his most sensible advisers show how the White home is imposing the main profound shift in U.S. overseas coverage in additional than part a century, prompting an eminent Democratic historian to rank Bush along John Quincy Adams and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as one in every of America's "grand" strategists. For the 1st time, Sammon discloses the president's vow that Kerry will "regret" bad-mouthing the liberation of Iraq, the seminal occasion within the post-9/11 section of the Bush presidency. Rove even information for Sammon the White condo technique to paint Kerry as a condescending elitist whose "blatant" makes an attempt to capitalize on his Vietnam event will eventually get back to hang-out him. Misunderestimated additionally meticulously tracks the increase of the Bush haters, a hectic political phenomenon that colours every little thing from the battle on terrorism to the presidential crusade. The influence extends to the clicking, which Sammon exposes for racing to model Operation Iraqi Freedom one other Vietnam "quagmire" lower than eighteen months after making an identical blunder through the Afghan battle. In Misunderestimated, Sammon takes readers contained in the Oval place of work for ancient judgements of warfare and peace, aboard Air strength One for a bold, shock descent into Baghdad, or even on an intimate travel of Bush's loved Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. it is a enthralling account of a president decided to not repeat his father's basic errors -- leaving behind Iraq and failing to conquer the Democrats.