“Gripping, never-before-heard detail” about Bush’s decisions! That’s what the former present’s memoir promises, and boy! Does it deliver. As long as you haven’t read any other books from the former members of the Bush Administration.
Ryan Grim at Huffington Post reports that what Crown Publishing got out of its exclusive deal for Dub’s memoirs is:
“…a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections.”
That’s right! Bush stole sections of his book word for word from people he had on the payroll. Who had already published them. This sort of violates the first rule of College Plagiarism: If you steal a paper, don’t turn it in to a class with the same TA who graded it last term when your roommate took the class. In fact, this is something most of us learn in high school — or at least we did in my day, when this weighty subject was covered on a Very Special Episode of Welcome Back, Kotter. It’s Episode 64, “Epstein’s Term Paper”; would I be going too far to suggest that former US Presidents shouldn’t need life lessons from ’70s television?