George W. Bush and the Making of an American President
by J. H. Hatfield
2001, Soft Skull Press
From the Publisher
Why was this book burned? What is in it that warrants censure?
Despite a spectacular thrashing in public after Fortunate Son was first released by St. Martin’s Press, author J.H. Hatfield has retracted nothing. He stands by his three sources that allege Bush was arrested for cocaine possession in 1972. Underneath heavy fire in the media, the former publisher panicked. But as Jenny Lyn Bader points out in The New York Times, “If he’s merely a convicted felon...that doesn’t preclude him from being a successful writer. Indeed, St. Martin’s Press underestimates the forgiveness of the American people. People might not mind a former convict writing a book as long as the book is really good.”
Fortunate Son was #30 on The New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list. Reader responses on the web show Americans outraged at this title’s suppression: some saying that this book has changed their vote, while others don’t accept that a meticulous, fact-checking biographer should be “baby seal-clubbed” with allegations about his past.
Soft Skull reprints Fortunate Son to allow the voters to judge for themselves. We hope to prove that democracy can still exist despite the preferences of the privileged.
About the Author
J.H. Hatfield was a syndicated columnist, free-lance Texas journalist and frequent contributor to several Lone Star State newspapers and magazines. In addition, for over a decade he was an executive officer in a finance and investment Management company that on several occasions conducted business with George W. Bush and his associates.
THIS BOOK IS IN PRINT.
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