Though this book lacks polish, it documents clearly
a large number of events that happened during Bush's gubernatorial stint.
They are all similar: A huge industrial polluter contributes to Bush's
campaign, so Bush lets them break laws and pollute. Then Bush either
covers it up or spins it into a PR win for the economy. It's pretty straightforward.
This book has some great content, but it strikingly
lacks in presentation. My copy of the book (from Amazon), had an out-of-register
cover. And an editor could have really helped with the typos, grammatical
errors, and general disorganization and repetition.
Looking past all that, the content and purpose of the
book is shocking and increasingly relevant. The author clearly has it
in for Bush, but several strenuous years working for environmental organizations
in Texas are enough to make anyone antagonistic towards such a flagrant
polluter as Bush.
Yes, flagrant, because Bush is a nasty, nasty man.
Well, let me clarify: He either doesn't know what he's doing to the environment
and the citizens of Texas (and now the whole U.S.), which makes him ignorant
and irresponsible, or he fully realizes the impact of his actions, which
makes him downright malicious. Which is worse?
The sheer number and meticulous documentation of strikingly
similar cases speaks much more loudly against Bush's record than the
editorial gaffs and awkward writing found in the book. It's just a shame that to many people, those mistakes will undermine the good points.