The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill (2020)

The Price of Loyalty George W Bush the White House and the Education of Paul O Neill Updated with a new afterword and including a selection of key documents this is the explosive account of how the Bush administration makes policy on war taxes and politics its true agenda exposed b
  • Title: The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
  • Author: Ron Suskind
  • ISBN: 9780743255462
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Updated with a new afterword and including a selection of key documents, this is the explosive account of how the Bush administration makes policy on war, taxes, and politics its true agenda exposed by a member of the Bush cabinet.This vivid, unfolding narrative is like no other book that has been written about the Bush presidency At its core are the candid assessmentsUpdated with a new afterword and including a selection of key documents, this is the explosive account of how the Bush administration makes policy on war, taxes, and politics its true agenda exposed by a member of the Bush cabinet.This vivid, unfolding narrative is like no other book that has been written about the Bush presidency At its core are the candid assessments of former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O Neill, the only member of Bush s cabinet to leave and speak frankly about how and why the administration has come to its core policies and decisions from cutting taxes for the rich to conducting preemptive war.O Neill s account is supported by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind s interviews with numerous participants in the administration, by transcripts of meetings, and by voluminous documents The result is a disclosure of breadth and depth unparalleled for an ongoing presidency As readers are taken to the very epicenter of government, Suskind presents an astonishing picture of a president so carefully managed in his public posture that he is a mystery to most Americans Now, he is revealed.
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    1. It s scary that this book alone didn t cause Bush to be defeated in 2004 Ron Susskind s work is excellent, and one can t help but admire former Treasury secretary O Neill for his courage It is also noted as being the earliest book by a Bush insider to accuse him of planning an invasion of Iraq prior to 9 11, and it remains one of the most lucid, coherent, politically sound accounts of the scope of incompetence and corruption in the Bush administration This is not a book written by an angry liber [...]

    2. The tropes of a DC political memoir come heavy and thick in this book Paul O Neill, a former aide in the Nixon and Ford White Houses, and recent successful CEO of Alcoa, comes to DC again with high hopes to accept his highest position ever, Treasury Secretary under George W Bush O Neill announced that he wanted to accept the challenge to return to public service, to reform Social Security and other big tasks Yet by the end, there s the inevitable disillusionment It s a tough townbut these days [...]

    3. The two things in this book that stuck out most to me, aside from its consistent focus on how idiotic it is to ignore and avoid evidence of actual, current situations as a means to make decisions, in favor of pushing your ideologically and fantasy based decisions, is 1 the fact that the author pointed out, VERY clearly, that the administration was 100% focused on invading Iraq to replace Saddam long BEFORE the 9 11 attacks This was during Bush s FIRST term Iraq was the focus of the administratio [...]

    4. Most of what were revelations when this book was first released are just something that pretty much everybody knows about the Bush administration Bush was not intellectually curious Bush and his advisors wanted war with Iraq long before 9 11 Bush wasn t really concerned with deficits All these seem pretty obvious to those of us that lived through the administration Yet, O Neill Suskind s book was the first to say many of these things that are now cliches Now that time has passed since the Bush e [...]

    5. I am a quarter of the way through this book and each time I read another page, I have a Wow reaction, completely different from the Wow reaction I had on the page before.Its unbelievable how blind we all were during the Bush Administration.I m half way through this book It amazes me still I cannot believe that Bush actually would zone out at meetings He focused on food than on anything else Any how that s how it is depicted in Ron Suskind s book.We watched the movie Produced by Oliver Stone It [...]

    6. A useful book for peering into the decision making process of the Bush administration Paul O Neill was the Treasury Secretary from 01 02 He was a black sheep in this administration because he was neither an ideologue nor a politico he was a quant, a results and evidence oriented guy who believed first and foremost in thorough process in decision making He found the evidence gathering and decision making process in the administration to be utterly slipshod and ideologically driven The focus on th [...]

    7. Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O Neill s account of his time with the Bush administration.A first person account that had some interesting insights For me, this was a slower read since the subject of politics, and especially taxes, can be a bit dull A lot has been written about the Bush administration since this book was published, and I imagine there are in depth looks at the administration.I read this book because it was on the Gil Girls reading challenge.

    8. Ron Suskind s book The Price of Loyalty George W Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O Neill is one of the first books to have hit the stands about the dysfunction within the 43rd President s administration It is Paul O Neill s version of his short stint in the administration that lasted for a little over two years until his abrupt resignation in 2003.By now several other books have dealt with this topic in detail, especially about the decisions behind the Iraq war and the lack of [...]

    9. This book was a little difficult to get into at first Being a first hand account of actual events in a political setting, the book is definitely not fast paced So much of the real action in this book happens behind the scenes, and even out of the direct view of the book s subject, Paul O Neill, that the reader is left to infer what actually must have been happening behind those scenes However, by the end of the book, no doubt is left as to the character, motives, activities, and ideologies of th [...]

    10. The story of Paul O Neill, Bush s first treasury secretary, from 2001 until he was fired in December 2003 He describes the inner workings of the Bush administration He discusses how the intrigues and political backstabbing worked How Cheney pulled the strings from behind the scenes How moderate members of the administration, like Colin Powell and Christine Whitman, got screwed over How Bush was completely clueless when it came to complex issues like global warming and tax policy How Bush listene [...]

    11. Awesome book, just wonderful I picked this up on a whim at the American Library in Paris of all places, and sped right through it As a someone who describes themselves as center left whatever that means I didn t think I would enjoy reading about the Bush administration, much less some cabinet member But very shortly into the book I found Paul O Neail Bush s first Sec of Treas to be a fascinating, very bright, pragmatic, and moderate right policy maker I really enjoy reading about behind the scen [...]

    12. This is a must read book for anyone who wants to understand the administration of George W Bush, his commitment to invading Iraq, and his disastrous financial policies It is the story of Treasury Secretary Paul O Neill as told to the author, who attended the first Cabinet meeting far in advance of 9 11, yet all the talk was of finding a way to invade Iraq and making it work It reveals his meetings with the secretive Dick Cheney, and how these were about saying what Cheney wanted to hear He revea [...]

    13. A chilling look inside the Bush White House, from the perspective of a cabinet member Bush s ex Treasury Secretary If you had any doubts that George W Bush is the most insulated, most anti intellectual, and possibly least competent president in recent history, this book will settle the matter.Suskind s book and O Neill s testimony make it absolutely clear that Bush and his cronies came into the White House determined to attack Iraq, long before 9 11 The book paints a convincing portrait of an ad [...]

    14. While I don t agree with many of O Neill s stances privatizing Social Security, tax cuts, etc I do agree with his condemnation of the Bush Administration s insular and political decision making As O Neill notes, there are no honest brokers in the Administration who are able or willing to give the President a briefing based on facts rather than on what the base likes Routinely, Bush is portrayed as a simpleton who either has no curiosity or doesn t know what questions to ask Overall, O Neill s cr [...]

    15. It was interesting to re visit the first George W Bush presidency There are a lot of great insights in this book, and I think Paul O Neill s reputation as a straight shooter and the fact that Ron Suskind worked a long time for the Wall Street Journal give the book a lot of credibility I think it s interesting both from a historical perspective to gain insights on the GW Bush first term s thinking but also for those interested in public administration and management due to O Neill s also an innov [...]

    16. This was a very readable book I learned a lot about how politics works from an insider, and it made me reconsider what I thought happened during Paul O Neill s tenure at the treasury I hadn t really read much about how political leaders made decisions before I was saddened by the lack of direction shown by the leader of the US, and I hope we do not make the same mistakes again I resonated with the ideal of trying to do the right thing, and making decisions based on facts The book showed very cle [...]

    17. I actually still think this is one of the best criticisms of the Bush White House that is out there It doesn t go off on a screed, but it is completely devastating Through the microcosm of their treatment of Paul O Neill, you get a really thorough understanding of what the hell went wrong Everyone except for the loony 25% fringe says it now, but it is important to remember that O Neill was the first insider to realize the problem of letting politics trump policy And Suskind does a great job of d [...]

    18. Paul O Neill was G W Bush s Treasury Secretary for the first two years of his administration He had a reputation for speaking truth to power during his two years in office, until he was fired at the end of 2002 Having worked in both the Nixon and Ford administrations, he provides intelligent commentary on what the Bush administration was lacking mostly a process to consider and vet policy options This is a must read for any policy wonk regardless of political affiliation , or anyone interested i [...]

    19. My friend Lis recommended this book I think I picked it up once and had trouble getting into it, but after the first 40 pages or so, it is definitely worth reading If there is any book that I would read before the November presidential election, it would be this one What is truly frightening is Secretary O Neil s description of the inter workings of the Bush presidency and their financial dealings during the Secretary s time in office.I wish someone would do a movie documentary on the federal go [...]

    20. This was one of the first reports from life inside the Bush White House A lot of what was shocking then has become well known since However, it s still an eye opener to read about how a long time Republican O Neill with a lot of government experience was astonished by the Bush administration In his first interview with Bush he expected a lot of questions Bush said nothing There s stuff about Greenspan, early pre 9 11 discussions about invading Iraq etc etc etc.

    21. A welcome confirmation of my gut feelings about the current administration I m not going crazy This is an informative read for anyone who noticed the major discrepencies between news as presented by the White House propoganda organs CNN, FOX News and information from alternative sources since the summer of 2002 Also very instructive as to how those large corporate contributions to W s campaign coffers reap practical results.

    22. How Bush screwed up the treasury department and turned a Clinton budget surplus into a huge deficit How they gutted the treasury for no good reason How everything was about politics and rewarding the base How competent people Paul Oneill were thrown out of the Bush administration How decisions were made without any regard for facts or reality.Why it really matters who we elect as president.

    23. Bush had the unfortunate penchant for choosing the most distinguished advisers, but then taking no time to follow the logic or policies they suggested O Neill is one of the most highly qualified treasury secretaries we have ever had, and, if his wisdom had been allowed to guide the economy, we might not be in the same situation that we are currently facing.

    24. This was one of the first expose style books from an ex member of Bush s cabinet Unfortunately, it was largely overlooked by the American public which was still under the hypnotic spell of W Thank god that s over If only people had payed attention to books like this one, we might have booted Bush out in 04.

    25. Read this a long time ago, but I find myself thinking about Paul O Neill s views a lot He s a lifelong Republican, so I don t agree with him on everything, but he s nearly idealistic about his views on the value of an ethical bureaucracy I find his thinking that secrecy is almost entirely pointless very compelling It s a really solid story and book.

    26. I may not agree with O Neil s old conservatism, but jesus, this many has integrity An excellent window into W s executive style passive and unquisitive In no way did he bash Bush which is what I liked but be reading the facts you are totally astonished at how unleader like and halfhazardly our President 43 operated.

    27. Paul O Neill was a brilliant Secretary of the Treasury in Geo W Bush s first term, but was forced out because he refused to be a yes man Had he been able to stay in his position throughout the years of that administration, and had he been able to influence the policymakers, the country likely would have been able to avoid many of the financial debacles of the last years of Bush s reign.

    28. Gripping read about former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O Neill s experience of the first two years of the Bush Whitehouse Fascinating and did not feel dated to me This has been on my TBR shelf for about seven yearsyay for clearing one out But, now has bumped up another Suskind book I owned but haven t read and put at least two books on the TBR list

    29. Non ho potuto dare pi di 5 stelle per questo libro, gli avrei dato tranquillamente 5 Veramente esilarante, l amministrazione Bush messa a nudo svelandoci in mano a quale cricca stata l Ameriaca prima ed il mondo intero poi Libro assolutamente da leggere e se lo si fa dopo avere letto Osama di Jonathan Randal veramente il massimo.

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