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Fortunate son : George W. Bush and the making of an American president
Hatfield, James.
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First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York City : Soft Skull Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxxix, 375 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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F 391.4 .B87 H38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Offers a portrait of the two-time governor of Texas, George W. Bush, and argues against his fitness to serve as president.

Author Notes

James Howard Hatfield, 1958 - 2001 James Howard Hatfield was born in 1958. He is best known for his biography of President George Bush, claiming Bush was hiding a cocaine arrest from thirty years ago. The book was entitled "Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President" and was released in 1999 after a rocky start. The book made the claim, according to unnamed sources, that a judge had a case of Bush being arrested for cocaine possession expunged, as a favor to the younger Bush's father.

The book had originally been printed by St. Martin's Press in 1999, but soon after it was released, it was discovered that Hatfield had been convicted in the attempted murder of a former supervisor of his in 1988. They recalled 70,000 copies of the book in October and left another 20, 000 in storage. After St. Martin's had dropped the book, it was picked up by Soft Skull Press, a small publishing company in New York's Lower East Side.

Police went to Hatfield's house on July 17 to arrest him for credit card fraud, but he was not at home. He was found the next day in a hotel room, dead, apparently from an overdose of presecription drugs. He left a note citing the failure of his book as one of the reasons he chose to kill himself. He was 43 years old.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Author's Notep. xxiii
Introductionp. xxix
Prologuep. 1
1. The Founding Fathersp. 5
2. Young and Irresponsiblep. 26
3. Ties That Bindp. 53
4. Home Runp. 75
5. Wine and Lossesp. 97
6. The Family Businessp. 120
7. "Ann Doesn't Work Here Anymore"p. 143
8. The Measure of the Manp. 165
9. Crime and Punishmentp. 182
10. New Dog, Old Tricksp. 205
11. Walk, Don't Runp. 231
12. Great Expectationsp. 261
Epilogue: Brand Namep. 294
Afterwordp. 299
Source Notesp. 313
Indexp. 369