In a previous essay “The Big Three: Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney–I’ve Read Them All” , I ended as follows:
In reading the first draft of the history of this era, I choose to read the history through the eyes of those who were in the arena. Other histories have been and are being written, but so often they are written by professionals with political or journalistic biases looking though glasses tinted one way or another. One day a truly objective accounting will be written, perhaps by someone of the stature of a Jay Winik. I hope I am alive to read such an account.
Well, in this book by Stephen F. Knott, a professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College, perhaps we are seeing the first of such accounts of the Bush 43 Presidency. I’ve just completed my first reading of this book and am pleased to recommend it, especially to those who have been so virulent in their criticism of Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld in their conduct of events following 9/11/2001.
In this book, Professor Knott examines the actions of Mr. Bush in the context of the Constitutional powers placed in the Executive branch by the founders, and also compares Mr. Bush’s actions with those of previous presidents, some of whom are favorites of the fiercest critics of Bush; presidents such as Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. If you read this book you will find that the afore mentioned presidents were far more aggressive (and abusive?) in their war power actions than was Bush.
Professor Knott is very critical of the supposed objectivity of many professional historians and journalists and their misuse of their positions in order to score political points. Perhaps this book will reign in some of that professional abuse.
This being a new book, there are not yet multitudes of reviews. Here are a few I’ve found you may be interested in perusing:
My own view? I’ve admired President George W. Bush and consider him to be in the top tier of American Presidents.
Don Johnson — June 2012