Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush
"41 successfully uses oral histories to provide insight into the George H. W. Bush administration, its composition, and its decision-making processes. The only one-term president since 1981, Bush faced a pivotal moment in history: a transition to governing in a post-Cold War era; and growing intra-party splits within a Republican Party upset with a budget compromise that raised taxes yet contributed to an historic surplus within a decade. 41 provides a valuable perspective into the intense polarization in Washington today." -- Janet M. Martin, Bowdoin College, author of <I>The Presidency and Women: Promise, Performance, and Illusion</I> "The presidency of George H. W. Bush deserves more attention. The integration of new oral histories into the analysis throughout this book demonstrates that these oral histories will be a highly useful source for further scholarship." -- Thomas Langston, Tulane University, author of <I>The Cold War Presidency: A Documentary History</I>
Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. He is the author or editor of many books, including Governing at Home: The White House and Domestic Policymaking, How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation, and The Presidency and the Political System. Barbara A. Perry is a Senior Fellow in the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch, The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases, and Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier.
Foreword Philip Zelikow Preface Michael Nelson and Barbara Perry George H. W. Bush's Road to the White House Introduction: History and George Bush Russell L. Riley Part I AMERICAN CONSERVATISM 1. George Bush: Texan, Conservative Michael Nelson 2. George Bush and American Conservatism Hugh Heclo Part II WAR AND STATECRAFT 3. Organizing Security: How the Bush Presidency Made Decisions on War and Peace Bartholomew Sparrow 4. When George Bush Believed the Cold War Ended and Why That Mattered Jeffrey A. Engel 5. Character and Consequence: The John Tower Confirmation Battle Robert A. Strong Part III DOMESTIC POLITICS AND POLICY 6. The Offered Hand and the Veto Fist: George Bush, Congress, and Domestic Policy Making Barbara Sinclair 7. From Oral History to Oral Argument: George Bush's Supreme Court Appointments Barbara A. Perry and Henry J. Abraham Conclusion: Navigating the Crosswinds of Modern Politics and Policy Sidney M. Milkis Appendix 1: Interviewees for the George H. W. Bush Oral History Project Appendix 2: Interviewers for the George H. W. Bush Oral History Project