The George W. Bush Presidency

The George W. Bush Presidency : A Rhetorical Perspective

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The George W. Bush Presidency: A Rhetorical Perspective, edited by Robert E. Denton, Jr., examines the rhetoric of former president George W. Bush across contexts of domestic policy, foreign policy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and politics in general. The contributors to this volume variously analyze Bush's inaugural and State of the Union addresses, as well as his political philosophy, policy issues, and the rocky relationship with the news media. Collectively, they provide insight into the role of public discourse in the campaigning and governing of the George W. Bush more

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  • Hardback | 198 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739172689
  • 9780739172681

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The George W. Bush Presidency is a comprehensive and insightful book that examines the rhetoric of President Bush from a variety of perspectives. It is an impressive contribution to the emerging body of work related to the 43rd president. Expert analysis of Bush's major speeches is provided by a diverse group of scholars of rhetoric, many of whom come to new and compelling conclusions regarding the foundations, formation, delivery, and reception of the President's rhetoric during and after his time in the Oval Office. Thoroughly researched and well-written, the eight chapters in this book constitute a new and necessary assessment of George W. Bush's rhetorical legacy. -- James M. Brandon, Hillsdale College [This] is an important contribution toward appreciating how to understand a presidency as it is situated in history, as well as in recent hindsight, for readers from both sides of the aisle. I think analysis further down the road will identify this text as an essential tome that contributes valuable insights into a controversial presidency during a politically polarized time in our nation -- Melanie Mills, Eastern Illinois Universityshow more

About Robert E. Denton

Robert E. Denton, Jr. holds the W. Thomas Rice Chair of Leadership Studies in the Pamplin College of Business and is professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He is author, co-author or editor of twenty-two books. The most recent titles include Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices, 7th Edition, Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign, and Communicator-in-Chief: How Barack Obama Used New Media Technology to Win the White more

Table of contents

Chapter One. The Presidency that Almost Wasn't: George W. Bush's First Inaugural Joseph M. Valenzano, University of Dayton Chapter Two. George W. Bush at a Global Gettysburg Ben Voth, Southern Methodist University Chapter Three. George W. Bush's First Year of War Time Rhetoric Robert V. Friedenberg, Miami University of Ohio Chapter Four. War Stories: The Terror Narrative of George W. Bush's State of the Union Addresses 2002-2006 Patrick S. Loebs, University of Memphis Chapter Five. George W. Bush, the American Press, and the Initial Framing of the War on Terror after 9/11 Jim Kuypers, Virginia Tech University, Stephen Cooper, Marshall University and Matthew T. Althouse, The College at Brockport (SUNY) Chapter Six. George W. Bush's Conservatism: Compassionate or Compromised? Terrence L. Warburton, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Chapter Seven. George W. Bush and Bioethics: Framing the Stem Cell Debate Gwen Brown, Rider University; Matthew J. Franck, The Witherspoon Institute and Sandra L. French, Radford University Chapter Eight. George W. Bush and Religion: Faith, Policy, and Rhetoric Robert E. Denton, Jr., Virginia Tech Universityshow more