“A comprehensive and compelling narrative."
– Peter Baker, The New York Times
"Smith is particularly good on the nuances of Bush’s character. . . . [A] carefully researched portrait.”
– David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe
“Anyone prone to romanticize the old GOP should take a bracing shot of Bush, a hefty biography of our 43rd president by the prolific and acclaimed biographer Jean Edward Smith. Written in sober, smooth, snark-free prose, with an air of thoughtful, detached authority, the book is nonetheless exceedingly damning in its judgments about George W. Bush’s years in office. . . . Authoritative and trustworthy.”
– David Greenberg, The Washington Post
"Harsh though the book is, overall it is well-researched, well-written and convincing."
– Morton Kondracke, The Wall Street Journal
"A swift and damning judgment on the 43rd president. . . . Smith writes with a deft sweep and sense of history."
– Ray Locker, USA Today
"Pulls no punches. . . . A fair, comprehensive and highly readable account of a critical period that is sure to be reassessed by historians over the coming decades.”
– Ray Harkavy, Associated Press
“A thought-provoking book that anybody who wants to understand the opening years of this millennium must read.”
– James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“Makes a voluminously detailed — and compelling — case that vindication is unlikely to come for the Bush administration anytime soon.”
– Glenn C. Altschuler, The San Francisco Chronicle
"A well-rounded portrait of Bush as president. . . . Smith’s account is necessary and valuable in this election year.”
– Erik Spanberg, Christian Science Monitor
“An excellent initial assessment of a presidency that began in controversy . . . and ended with the international and domestic failures that saddled Bush with the most sustained negative ratings of any modern president.”
– Carl P. Leubsdorf, Dallas Morning News
“Hard-hitting. . . . A shrewd, nuanced view of Bush. . . . Smith embeds this portrait in a lucid, highly readable narrative, balancing rich detail with clear delineation of the larger shape of policy through the chaos of politics. This is a superb recap and critical analysis of Bush’s controversial administration.”
– Publishers Weekly