The George WBush Presidency | America Unbound | Imperial America

Books Reviewed in This Essay

The George W. Bush Presidency

An Early Assessment

Edited by Fred I. Greenstein

Johns Hopkins University Press, $19.95, 320 pp.

America Unbound

The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy

Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay

Brookings Institution Press, $22.95, 246 pp.

Imperial America

The Bush Assault on World Order

John Newhouse

Alfred A. Knopf, $23, 208 pp.


The second most important thing about democracy is that you get to vote for the candidate of your choice. The most important thing is that when your candidate loses, the person who wins will nonetheless treat your views with respect. The same holds true when my candidates and policies prevail. My team should never forget about the other side. Should that happen, we would be not citizens of a democracy but participants in a war. And despite a certain cynicism...

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About the Author

Alan Wolfe is director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, and the author of Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It (Knopf).