Magazine October 3, 2011, Issue

Bush Reconsidered

President George W. Bush speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., April 13, 2007. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era, by Timothy S. Goeglein (B&H, 241 pp., $19.99)

The late administration of George W. Bush has found its Dr. Pangloss. In some respects, that might be a good thing.

Pangloss, of course, was the character in Candide who insisted against all contrary evidence that we live in “the best of all possible worlds.” In this new memoir, Bush’s longtime deputy director of public liaison, Tim Goeglein, paints his former boss as the best of all possible presidents. Indeed, his account of Bush sometimes borders on hagiography, as he gushes that in various ways Bush compares well historically with Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and even George Washington. He also makes

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Books, Arts & Manners

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