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  • Author:
    Ronald Kessler
  • ISBN:
    1595230009
  • ISBN13:
    978-1595230003
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  • Publisher:
    Sentinel HC; First Edition edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Pages:
    320 pages
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    Politics & Government
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A Matter of Character, Kessler's examination of the 43rd . Just in time for election season comes Ronald Kessler with an important and intriguing look at the character of our 43rd President and his kind of White House.

A Matter of Character, Kessler's examination of the 43rd . President, treads lightly on policy issues as the author instead focuses on Bush's positive personality traits and relates how those traits are positive indicators of his ability as a policymaker and leader of the world's lone superpower.

A Matter of Character book. Ronald Kessler does a superb job in revealing the person of George W Bush. I have the opportunity to meet President Bush at the White House

A Matter of Character book. I have the opportunity to meet President Bush at the White House. From his firm handshake to his piercing eye contact, anyone who meets him is impressed that he's a man of substance. Aug 25, 2007 Marci rated it really liked it. this book was written pre-Iraq war, but it is a great insight into the character and qualifications of George W. Bush.

Includes bibliographical references and index

Includes bibliographical references and index. Neither fish nor fowl - The sky's the limit - A practical mind - Dipping snuff - Oil hustling - The nomad - Dick and Jane - We made it - Potomac fever - Why Johnny still can't read - A trip on Air Force One - Spite -. Eat, sleep, and be merry - Sarasota - "I hear you!" -. - Sneak and peak - An agent for change - "Mr. Bush okay!" -. - Sixteen words - Bushie - Malleable facts - A leak - Baghdad - Liberal ends, conservative means - The CEO President.

A Matter of Character also contrasts President Bush's treatment of White House staff, reporters, secret service . Mr. Kessler is the best-selling author of 14 nonfiction books, including Inside the White House, The Bureau, and The CIA at War.

A Matter of Character also contrasts President Bush's treatment of White House staff, reporters, secret service agents, and members of his cabinet with that of other former Presidents, especially President Clinton. President Bush is civil and cordial with the White House staff, runs the White House with "dignity" and decorum, and requires absolute loyalty from his staff.

George W. Bush is a direct and decisive man who is much nicer to his . Bush is a direct and decisive man who is much nicer to his Secret Service agents than Bill Clinton was, according to author Ronald Kessler, and smarter. RONALD KESSLER is the New York Times bestselling author of The Terrorist Watch, The Bureau, Inside the White House, and The CIA at War. A former reporter for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, he has won sixteen journalism awards. In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.

This bibliography of George W. Bush is a list of published works, both books and films, about George W. Bush, 43rd President of the . Ronald Kessler, A Matter Of Character: Inside The White House Of George W. Bush (2004), ISBN 1-59523-00

This bibliography of George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States. Bush (2004), ISBN 1-59523-00. Brad Koplowitz, Our Brave New World (2010)

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This book asserts that President Bush is a man of character, plain and simple. According to investigative journalist Ronald Kessler, the Presidents character is visible in all the choices he has made in the past four years, ranging from education to healthcare to the war in Iraq. A Matter of Character also contrasts President Bushs treatment of White House staff, reporters, secret service agents, and members of his cabinet with that of other former Presidents, especially President Clinton. President Bush is civil and cordial with the White House staff, runs the White House with dignity and decorum, and requires absolute loyalty from his staff.

Kessler argues that the pressures of the White House expose the true character of the . Books related to Summary of A Matter of Character.

Kessler argues that the pressures of the White House expose the true character of the president. He explains that he discovered that George W. Bush’s true character is one of honesty, integrity, clarity, courage, patience, optimism, focus and devotion for America. Books related to Summary of A Matter of Character : Inside the White House of George W.

Kessler talked about his book A Matter Of Character: Inside The White House Of George W. Bush, published by Sentinel. Kessler conducted interviews with the President’s college friends, and former and current aids in an attempt to unveil the real George W. The author argues that despite his negative portrayal in the media, President Bush has strong moral values and is the primary decision maker in his administration. After the discussion, Mr. Kessler answered questions from members of the audience

More than seventy-five books attacking George W. Bush have been published so far. Now, finally, there's a book that sets the record straight against a backdrop of media bias. And it's not by a conservative idealogue but by an award-winning independent reporter who set out to find the real President Bush behind the two-dimensional public image.

Ronald Kessler was granted unique access to the West Wing and interviewed the key players of the Bush administration-from Condoleezza Rice to Karl Rove to the president himself. Kessler also interviewed Bush's close friends, college roommates, and former aides.

His surprising conclusion: George W. Bush isn't the most articulate or scholarly president in history, but he scores very high on the factors that count most: character and leadership. President Bush has a more clearly defined moral instinct, management style, and self-awareness than any other recent president.

And without question, President Bush is the driving force behind his administration, not the pawn of anyone else. In an age when politicians notoriously hem and haw while trying to please everyone, he makes deft decisions very quickly. He is bolstered by his strong Christian faith and the resolve he gained after giving up alcohol.

For many swing voters, this election will boil down to a matter of character. Kessler's unconventional book-filled with news hooks about life in the West Wing-will help them understand the real George W. Bush. And for readers who already support the president, A Matter of Character is the book they've been waiting for.


Brannylv
Good book by our 43rd President
Azago
I have been interested in George W. Bush ever since he was elected governor of Texas in 1994. Like all human beings, Bush is not the cartoon character his critics believe nor the last Coke in the desert his ultimate fans would like him to be. This book can be read as an official biography of the Bush campaign for '04. The author had access to the president himself and to the Administration's top players. It's well and clearly written. If you are an eyes-shut-Bush-fan this is a book you want to read; if you're not, you will find it hagiographic.

One of the most interesting facts about Bush is his unpretending nature (there you have a sign of real intelligence; and watch out, don't confuse it with stupidity.) But in this book, from the very beginning till the end, the author insists in portraying an unbelievable perfect human being. Even previous admissions by the president himself about his wild youth are dismissed. There's hardly a single word of critic from the many friends, members of the Administration and Republican politicians who were interviewed by the author. But once in a while Bush's own voice slips out of the pages, and there he is: unpretending; intelligent; really trying to be compassionate, but not always succesful; believing one can change the world out of pure will but getting the hard facts of reality instead; strangely aware of his imperfect nature; and, last but not least, deeply, contradictory human. That's why I give it four stars.
Nilador
A MUST READ FOR ADMIRERS AND DETRACTORS ALIKE.
Ielonere
Satisfied
Garne
Complete joke. Nothing but a revisionist history of the worst administration of the last 60 years. I hope Ronald Kessler was paid well in return for selling his soul.
Fawrindhga
Just in time for election season comes Ronald Kessler with an important and intriguing look at the character of our 43rd President and his kind of White House.

The book begins with President Bush's early days, providing a short biography that focuses on George W. Bush the man. I've read biographical accounts of President Bush before, but Kessler really captures the full essence of the man. There are other recent books out chronicling the strong leadership and vision that he has provided in his first term in the White House, but this one is unique in its focus upon character, upon the values he embodies and the style of leadership he exhibits as Executive. After reading it through, this reviewer felt as if he came to understand the man that President Bush truly is and the respect he commands from his Cabinet, White House staff, and the civil servants who work for him.

Brief biographical backgrounds and insight are also provided about many of the key players in the Administration-Vice President Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Alberto Gonzalez, Karl Rove, Clay Johnson, etc. Kessler's discussion of these figures is crucial to understanding the kind of White House that President Bush operates-the way of thinking and teamwork they use, how they interact with one another, how they operate in relation to the President, etc.

Kessler's account is most definitely an insider's one. He has conducted interviews with numerous people who work and serve under the President, including housekeepers, groundskeepers, Secret Service, etc. This makes the book particularly interesting and the account of President Bush's sterling character in the White House especially authentic. Anyone can be courteous and kiss up to elitists and big shots, but how one treats one's subordinates and the every-day man on the street says a great deal about one's character. And this book makes it clear: President Bush is a man who takes his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and to serve the American people seriously. He conducts himself in a professional and honorable manner, as befits the dignity of the esteemed office that he holds. He is a straight-forward, tell-it-like-it-is leader and a man who has arisen to the challenge of his times.

President Bush's conduct of the war on terror plays a vital role in the narrative. Kessler shows the determination and vision that President Bush brings to this monumental task, and also provides a great deal of interesting detail concerning particular episodes in this vital war we are waging against the evil of terrorism. It was President Bush who insisted that we would go after terrorists and those nations who harbor them. I also found Kessler's telling of President Bush's surprise visit to the soldiers in Baghdad, Iraq this past Thanksgiving to be particular touching.

Kessler also does an excellent job in discussing some of the rough spots endured by the Administration-as related to the public through the Old Media filter-and properly dispenses with them. His discussion of the bogus criticisms leveled against President Bush and his Administration by Paul O'Neil, Wesley Clark, and others are a MUST READ.

If there is one drawback to this book, it is the early pages and their discussion of the way the Clinton White House conducted itself. I found the discussion of the current White House to be much more satisfying to read and far more tasteful. Nonetheless, a brief discussion of the character of the Clinton Administration, with occasional comparisons throughout, does serve the purpose of showing the stark contrast between the current administration and the previous one. In these important times, we can all be thankful for the strong character and leadership of President Bush, as Kessler aptly shows.
MarF
brings home just why character matters in an individual. Wind driven changes of policy allows adversaries to shape policy. Standing fast causes greater effort and long term planning to defeat. Well written but too short of a book. Seems to be a factory book to counter negative books on the market. Still a good read. Recommend.