A Tragic Legacy

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A Tragic Legacy
First edition cover
Author Glenn Greenwald
Original title A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency
Language English
Subject George W. Bush when President of the United States
Genre political non-fiction
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (A Division of Random House); Three Rivers Press
Publication date
June 26, 2007 (hardback ed.)
April 8, 2008 (paperback ed.)
Published in English
June 26, 2007 & April 8, 2008
Media type book (hardcover and paperback eds.)
Pages 320 (hardcover); 336 (paperback)
ISBN 978-0-307-35419-8
OCLC 122291248
973.931092 22
LC Class E903.3 .G74 2007
Preceded by How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values From A President Run Amok
Followed by Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics

A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency is a New York Times bestselling book by author, attorney, blogger, and Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald published on June 26, 2007, by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House.[1]

The Random House synopsis for the book describes A Tragic Legacy as a "character study" of George W. Bush, "one of the most controversial men to hold the office of president". Salon.com posted an online three-page excerpt from the book on June 20, 2007.[2]

A paperback edition of the book was published by Three Rivers Press on April 8, 2008.[3]

Commentary and reception[edit]

In an extended entry in his blog hosted at Salon.com, Greenwald, a contributing writer for the online magazine, asks and answers the question "What 'truly motivates' George W. Bush?", providing contexts for his writing the book, and he responds to letters and other comments posted in Salon.com about the book.[4]

Alan Colmes, of Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes, observed that "Glenn Greenwald is to this administration as they've been to the country: devastating. This is more than a book. It's an act of patriotism," describing A Tragic Legacy as "the best book about the worst president."[5]


  1. ^ Glenn Greenwald (2007-06-26). "A Tragic Legacy Released Today" (Web). Salon.com. Salon Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  2. ^ Glenn Greenwald (2006-06-20). "A Tragic Legacy" (Web). Salon.com. Salon Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ ISBN 0-307-35428-8 (10); ISBN 978-0-307-35428-0 (13).
  4. ^ Glenn Greenwald (2007-06-20). "What 'truly motivates' George W. Bush?" (Web). Salon.com. Salon Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  5. ^ Qtd. in "Editorial reviews". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 

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