Measuring Bush

The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era
by Timothy S. Goeglein
B and H Publishing Group, 2011
(241 pages, $19.99, hardcover)

reviewed by David Aikman

President George W. Bush frequently told friends and interviewers that the fairest judge of his presidency would be “history.” By this he meant future historians. Many of those would-be historians, of course, have already jumped the gun, and have actively taken up writing judgments of the 2001–2009 Bush era—sometimes very unflatteringly. Several of the Bush appointees have also taken to print, ranging from Vice President Dick Cheney to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Yet when future—as opposed to present-day—historians look . . .

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