Saturday, November 3, 2007

Anthony Lewis reviews Bush Books

Two weeks ago it was David Gergen in the Boston Globe, reviewing four books on the Bush Presidency. This weekend Anthony Lewis takes up the task, reviewing DEAD CERTAIN: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper (Free Press) and THE TERROR PRESIDENCY: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration by Jack Goldsmith (W. W. Norton & Company) for the New York Times. Lewis finds Draper "friendly, at times admiring. But he also unhesitatingly supplies devastating evidence of the characteristics that have helped to produce the disasters of the Bush presidency." Meanwhile, "the record of Bush and his lawyers on torture — is grippingly examined by Jack Goldsmith in 'The Terror Presidency.'...Goldsmith’s arguments are the more convincing because they are not premised on traditional liberal or civil libertarian views." Read the rest here.