Roosevelt House is pleased to announce the first event of our Fall 2016 public programs. Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith discusses his new book, Bush, about the forty-third president of the United States, George W. Bush. Smith, acclaimed as “America’s greatest living biographer” by George Will, has written what the New York Times calls a comprehensive and compelling narrative punctuated by searing verdicts of President Bush’s foreign and domestic policies, including the aftermath of 9/11, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Guantanamo, No Child Left Behind and Hurricane Katrina.

Smith, author of FDR, Grant, and Eisenhower in Peace and War, argues that Bush often ignored his advisers and made key decisions himself, disastrously in the case of invading Iraq decisions often driven by the President’s deep religious faith.  At Roosevelt House, Smith will discuss how the consequences of the Iraq invasion dominated the Bush Administration and still haunt us today.  Smith will also explore President Bush’s actions following the 2008 financial collapse, and how some of the decisions that helped save the economy violated Bush’s own political philosophy.

We hope you will join us at Roosevelt House for this important discussion.  

Click through to read reviews of Bush from Peter Baker in The New York Times and Thomas Mallon in The New Yorker.

Biographer Jean Edward Smith: “Bush” | Posted on July 20th, 2016 | Book Discussions, Public Programs