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The author of the book: Dan C. Quayle
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: June 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780060177584
Format files: PDF
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I definitely feel like this was worth reading. Not to make VEEP Quayle feel old, but I was a month old when he and President Bush (SR) won the 1988 election. I often asked about President Bush while President Clinton was in office. I was given a, pretty much, non-partisan answer. That VEEP Quayle was pretty much murdered by the press and painted as a schmuck. After reading this book, my personal opinion is that Quayle is anything but. I won't paint an image of him being the best politician ever, but the concept of President Quayle wouldn't have frightened me. It would have enlightened me. Well, that is if I wasn't saying goo goo gah gah gee gee at the time he was in office.
I didn't know much about Dan Quayle up until reading this book aside from the caricature the media had painted of him. Something always seemed amiss though. Why would President Bush (SR) have chosen him to be his running mate if he was a nitwit? I will say though, I did find one thing in this book that I disagree with him on (that is if his opinions are still the same. I don't know what he's doing now. This book was written the first year of President Clinton's first term in office) and that is about medications and the FDA. He was saying they shouldn't be testing medications to see if they work, they should be testing them for safety. I think they should be testing them for BOTH. There are many stories out there of the elderly being put on meds only to be given a symptom that becomes permanent. Hardly a promising outcome.
Otherwise though, I have no qualms about this book. It was an interesting insight to the 4 years of Bush/Quayle. I also found it rather dignified that Quayle gave the title of 'Gentleman' to Bush (SR). True, that all VEEPS should respect the President, but I hardly think it was superficial or a formality. Seems genuine.
I will say that is it a bit sad, I find after finishing this book, that such a politician was not kept as VEEP when the President was not re-elected. Quayle actually exhibits/ed the type of qualities I wish the Republican party would have today. It would have been interesting to see Bush having two terms and seeing if Quayle was President from 1996 to at least 2000.
5 out of 5 stars.
(Update: this was a review I had written when I considered myself a republican. Not that it matters, but today, I am a moderate. Years ago, i read this book as both a look at history and to delve into the world of Republicanism. Today, had I not read this year's ago, I would only read it for the look at history. Since I am no longer a republican, I have reduced my rating by one star, and thus making my rating about history and the author's ability to write and tell his side of the story; but yes, I am well aware of his gaffes and how he looked stupid back then.)
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Read information about the authorJames Danforth "Dan" Quayle is an American politician and was the 44th Vice President of the United States, serving under George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Indiana.
He is most known for misspelling the word "potato."
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