What Happened

What Happened : Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

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In the bestselling book that provoked a media sensation, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan takes readers behind the scenes of the presidency of George W. BushScott McClellan was one of a few Bush loyalists from Texas who became part of his inner circle of trusted advisers, and remained so during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Drawn to Bush by his commitment to compassionate conservatism and strong bipartisan leadership, McClellan served the president for more than seven years, and witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course.In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, Washington's bitter partisanship and two hotly-contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into what George W Bush is and what he believes and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides.
Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as they prepare to elect a new leader.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 144 x 224 x 26mm | 458.13g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 8 pp. b/w photo insert
  • 1586487000
  • 9781586487003
  • 1,957,415

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"Associated Press," June 20, 2008
"McClellan has burned the talking points -- and his bridges -- in writing this book, and the results are a more sophisticated assessment than most anything his former colleagues turned out. "What Happened" provides a telling and unflattering glimpse of Bush and his White House, also makes an important commentary on Washington's poisonous political climate -- one that Bush promised to change, but did not, McClellan writes." "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," June 5, 2008
"Once smoke clears, McClellan will be seen as a true patriot."
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About Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan served as White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006. Before that he served as the principal deputy White House press secretary and as travelling press secretary for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign. Earlier in his career, Mr McClellan served as deputy communications director in the Texas governor's office and campaign manager for three successful state campaigns. He is now a senior advisor to a global technology firm and communications strategist. He lives near Washington, DC.
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