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In Destined for Destiny, "George W. Bush" offers listeners an intimate, plainspoken, and sometimes articulate look at the character-shaping achievements that led to his inevitable rise to the office of President of the United States.

Written from the heart, not from the brain, this definitive autobiography takes listeners on a journey through the 43rd president's life, including his hardscrabble beginnings as the child of West Texas oil millionaires, the remarkable academic performance that earned him entry into the finest East Coast schools, and his proud service to the country as an occasional member of the National Guard, sometime around 1972 or 1973.

To help craft this lasting account of his life and leadership, "George W. Bush" turned to two writers who have earned not only his trust but his deep friendship: Scott Dikkers, editor-in-chief of The Onion and coauthor of the number-one best seller Our Dumb Century, and Peter Hilleren, former producer for public radio and some of the nation's finest public-access cable television stations.

Dikkers and Hilleren called on their finely honed journalism expertise every week to write and record the president's weekly radio address on WeeklyRadioAddress.com. Their work on such stirring addresses as "June Terror Update" and "The Pope Is Dead" made them the ideal choice to meet the challenge of chronicling the visionary mark left on history by its shining light, President George W. Bush.

©2006 DH News Service, LLC. All rights reserved (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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"Bush detractors will find this book hilarious; his fans will be apoplectic." ( Booklist)

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  • Scott
  • 19-08-2007

Therapy

Whenever our president sends me into another rage or depression, I have only to listen to Destined for Destiny to find myself laughing hysterically. If you're feeling frustrated over so much cold incompetence, greed and lunacy at the top of our government, then this book will be medicine in the form of riotous kindred sympathy.

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  • Roxanna Dunn
  • 18-07-2007

Bush Nailed

A pungent reflection on the "terrible, terrifying terror" that has been the Bush Administration. The authors and narrator have nailed it: the sibilance, the malapropisms, the arrogance, and the ignorance. Keep a box of tissues nearby: You will laugh until you cry (and vice versa).

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  • Ron Dieken
  • 06-06-2017

Stupid

A ridiculous and total waste of time. Would not recommend to anyone - even if you hold great disdain for Bush.

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  • Diane
  • 08-07-2014

Horrible

Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Dikkers and Peter Hilleren again?

Don't think so.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Dikkers and Peter Hilleren ’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Couldn't find any.

Any additional comments?

I know it's supposed to be a parody, but come on.

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  • Sue Opp
  • 22-04-2011

CRAP

This was a waste of publishers time not to mention those of us stupid enough to buy into anyone writing what was billed as something positive about Bush. I guess I should have gotten my clue from the "Unauthorized Autobiography". I can't image that even anyone that hates our President would find humor in this. I usually finish even books I do not find interesting in hopes that I will find a redeeming quality, couldn't do it with this audio, HORRIBLE. Hate the voice, hate the material, waste of my time and money. Can't rate this on the stars since it won't allow less than one star.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 15-09-2008

"You are my clown-faced zombie"

This book is a must-have for anyone in pain from the last 8 years of the little shrub's rule.

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  • Jamie Bruno
  • 04-08-2012

The Mother of All Unauthorized Autobiographies

The Onion's weekly Presidential addresses in 2008 gave me the strength to overcome the loss of my job amidst an economic meltdown. It was comforting to know that someone with compassion in his heart and lots of dough in his pockets was looking down on me from the White House. And now that Destined for Destiny has been recorded for the ages, I feel even more comforted. Because these tales must be told. Otherwise, who will know about the reduction in the werewolf population in Texas? Who will understand how George Bush saved our great nation from takeover by the machines? Or from reanimated corpses?

Personally, I feel that this audiobook go a long way towards removing any doubt from the minds of the naysayers who think that a man who runs several businesses into the ground isn't capable of running the country into the ground as well...

Hey, guys! It's the Rapture!

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  • Martin
  • 04-01-2010

NOT an autobiography

What a sad, sad waste of my credit. This is a mockery of the former president with a few (or not) derogatory descriptions of his wife. I did not finish the book as I was rudely disappointed by its pessimistic depiction of historical events, its over-the-top mocking impersonations, and coldly rude tone.

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  • MR
  • 11-07-2013

Misguiding

I bought this thinking that it was a biography of the president which to look at the cover is how it appears.

The book is a satire/comic style affair read by someone pretending to be the president with some parts made up for comic effect, others you aren't sure if they're true or not.

To be fair, some parts are quite funny but this isn't really a biography and belongs well and truly in the comedy section.

So bad review on the grounds that I wanted a biography and got a long comedy sketch!!