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It is larded with chapter upon chapter of rightwing polemic, brimming with contempt for European "appeasers" and the "stinking bowl" of the Arab world. As so often with the most vituperative pamphleteers, Frum is in person genial and conciliatory. He argues that his former boss is misunderstood in Britain, mainly because of his Texan drawl and Bible-thumping ways. In fact, Frum suggests - and here he is surely stretching the hand of doctrinal friendship further than credulity allows - Bush has a lot in common with the average Guardian reader.
He even suggests the "Bush-as-Guardian-reader" idea would make a thought-provoking article. As one of the louder voices of radical neo-conservatism, such outside-the-box ideas are Frum's stock in trade and there are a lot of them in The Right Man - so many that they invite the creeping suspicion that the title does not just refer to Bush. But the book is also a well-written memoir of Frum's short adventure in the administration which just about lives up to its sales pitch as the "first inside account" of the Bush White House.
Frum talks about Bush's sour, watchful presence, in contrast to the jovial hick he sometimes appears in public.
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He talks about the disconcerting grip evangelical Christianity has on the White House, its squeaky-clean gentility and generally low level of intellectual curiosity. The president, Frum tells us, is "sometimes glib, even dogmatic; often uncurious and as a result ill-informed; more conventional in his thinking than a leader should be". Most interesting of all, The Right Man tells the story of how the axis of evil got its name - an unnerving tale of rhetorical accident by which a catchy phrase ended up driving policy.
It begins when Bush's chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, approaches Frum a few weeks before the pivotal State of the Union address and tells him, "Here's an assignment. Can you sum up in a sentence or two our best case for going after Iraq? This was in late December Frum argues that this does not necessarily mean a decision to oust Saddam had been taken, as he is sure other speechwriters were working on more peaceful versions.
But his was the version that was used on January 29 Looking for historical resonance, Frum goes leafing through the speeches of Franklin Roosevelt, in particular the "day of infamy" address to the nation that followed Pearl Harbor. In effect, al-Qaida is Japan and no prizes for guessing who plays Hitler this time around. The phrase Frum comes up with is "axis of hatred", describing the ominous but ill-defined links between Iraq and terrorism. It is Gerson who tweaks the phrase into the "axis of evil", to make it sound more "theological".
We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now. Axis of Evil World Tour goes beyond the coverage found in much of the media to bring a boots-on-the-ground look at three of the most enigmatic, difficult-to-enter countries on the planet—Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. Spend time touring Pyongyang, the showcase capital that houses the regime and its elites. What do Iranians think of the U.
You might be surprised.
About the Author Scott Fisher has been living and traveling in Asia and the Middle East for the better part of the past 15 years. Department of Defense in Baghdad, and currently makes his living as a writer, business owner, and English professor in Seoul, South Korea. Travel around the country and take an inside look at Khomeini's tomb, hear about Iran's own fight against Al Qaeda, and take a look inside the secret world of the mullahs that really run Iran.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 04, Laura rated it really liked it Recommended to Laura by: My ex worked as special orders clerk at Borders for almost a year and during that time he would bring home books that he found sifting through various publishers. He brought home Axis of Evil World Tour, read through it in one day and passed it on to me.
Scott Fisher has a pretty extraordinary set of circumstances in his life that allow him to get first hand access to the three member countries of the Bush Administration's Axis of Evil. Fisher's background as a professor in South Korea made his My ex worked as special orders clerk at Borders for almost a year and during that time he would bring home books that he found sifting through various publishers.
Fisher's background as a professor in South Korea made his adventure through North Korea so valuable to me as a reader.
He is able to explain various subtleties in the culture, evidenced by a passage about language and how North Koreans and South Koreans use a different word for "Korean". His "trip" or rather employment by the US government as a civilian to Iraq is the least informative in terms of the culture because he never is far from the US held Green Zone. His discussions of being trapped in the minutia and round-peg-square-hole philosophy of the government definitely give a some perspective as to what our service men and women have dealt with and are continuing to deal with day by day.
The final leg of the Tour is trip to Iran. It is this section that puts the book into the "favorite" category for me because it stresses the difference between a people and their government; a message that meant a great deal to me after living under an administration that I disagreed with for the past 8 years. Regardless of your politics or what you think you know about North Korea, Iraq and Iran - I would recommend this quick, invigorating read for a healthy dose of perspective and information about some of the most isolated countries in a globalized world.
Aug 17, Kathleen rated it liked it. Fisher has put together an interesting book based on his diverse range of experiences in the Axis of Evil--his primary experience was a decade working in South Korea, leading him to make the journey to North Korea as a tourist. He then worked for the US government on Korean issues, but when they inexplicably transferred him to work on China with which he had no experience or familiarity , he volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the invasion.
Finally, he took a 3-week trip to Iran as a tourist Fisher has put together an interesting book based on his diverse range of experiences in the Axis of Evil--his primary experience was a decade working in South Korea, leading him to make the journey to North Korea as a tourist. Finally, he took a 3-week trip to Iran as a tourist, meaning this is the country for which he has the least depth of insight. I found this book enjoyable and worth a read, but there was nothing about his writing style or observations that elevated the book from good to exceptional.
Axis of Evil World Tour: An American's Travels in Iran, Iraq, and North Korea by Scott Fisher
Feb 15, Rebecca Blankenship Papin rated it it was amazing. I've been interested in doing a tour of North Korea for the last few years, so to read the account of someone who did the exact same tour I want to do was fascinating. Fisher further confirmed just how whacked out North Koreans are
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