There is something despiriting, if not depressing, about being obliged to keep on with a book well after it's proven to be mediocre and slightly barmy, with no real prospect of ever getting any better.

That was the case earlier this week as I made my dutiful way through Vincent Bugliosi's The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, which has been subject to "a virtual media blackout," according to the phrase used, in one variation or other, in most of the media coverage it has received.

My review of it has just gone up at Bloomberg -- and now come the letters (two of them so far) from readers who demand to know how it is that a book can attack Bush and yet not be a good book. Clearly this is, in their view, a metaphysical impossibility.

And yet it is so. No doubt they will deduce that I am a Republican; given their axioms, it is the only logical conclusion.

In truth, of course, I am just disappointed that Bugliosi did not argue that Bush started the war under the influence of messages he heard while playing Toby Keith albums backwards.
August 1, 2008 10:24 AM | | Comments (3)



Does Bugliosi explain what the defendant is doing on the witness stand, or does he suspend the Fifth Amendment for dramatic purposes?

Maybe it's time for a re-think on Manson...

Ya know, Bugliosi's Bush v. Gore book was way inferior to Renata Adler's New Republic article on the same theme. Have there been any great books by lawyer "celebrities" since Justice Douglas?

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