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May 2004
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High Risk and Big Ambition
The Presidency of George W. Bush
Schier, Steven
Assesses the trajectory and character of Bush’s time in office--a presidency best characterized by a series of bold risks in the service of two primary goals: the transformation of American foreign policy and the creation of a lasting Republican dominance of domestic politics.
Steven E. Schier is Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. He is author or coauthor of several books including You Call This an Election?: America's Peculiar Democracy, and editor of High Risk and Big Ambition: The Early Presidency of George W. Bush; and The Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy in U.S. Politics.
"The Bush presidency—for good or ill—is one of the most important administrations since FDR. This book places the Bush Revolution, and that’s what it is, in context, giving the reader the tools for making sense of the momentous changes taking place in the United States and around the world."—Michael A. Genovese, author of The Power of the American Presidency

"We need this book as an exploration of the legitimacy of the George W. Bush presidency. His administration has the potential to be a pivotal point in our history, eminently worthy of the analysis this book brings."—G. Calvin Mackenzie, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, Colby College

“These essays are concise and authoritative, and they will appeal primarily to scholars or readers who are serious students of the presidency. General readers will be challenged, but all will benefit from the timeliness of the commentaries.”---Karl Helicher, ForeWord, August 2004

“For a balanced look at the Bush White House don’t miss it.”---Dave Kirby, PD and reviewer on WTBF AM/FM 10/29/04

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Elected with no clear public mandate, George W. Bush achieved surprising legislative successes in his early months in the White House. Following September 11, 2001, his public support rose to unprecedented heights. Actions taken in the following months and years have revealed the exceptionally ambitious nature of the Bush presidency. High Risk and Big Ambition brings together leading presidency scholars and journalists to assess the trajectory and character of Bush’s time in office. The common theme running through their contributions is that this presidency is best characterized by a series of bold political and policy risks in the service of two primary goals: the transformation of American foreign policy and the creation of a lasting Republican dominance of domestic politics. Included are discussions of foreign policy, national security, the war in Iraq, Bush’s leadership style, religious politics, and economic policy. George W. Bush emerges as an "orthodox innovator" who skillfully deploys both personal politics and the power of his office in an effort to complete the conservative governmental agenda initiated by Ronald Reagan. Yet because of the size of his ambitions, each success sets up a greater risk of failure. That alone makes his presidency one of the most interesting and consequential in decades.
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