I have often complained that the American media isn’t doing its job anymore, so I have to speak up when they do. And especially when they do it so well as the excellent article in Vanity Fair “Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House“. This is a detailed history of the Bush administration, told almost entirely using direct quotes from major players in and around the presidency. If you have ever looked at the Bush administration and wondered why they did something or how they screwed up so badly, this is the closest thing to an answer you are ever going to see.
What is truly amazing about the article is that it is largely neutral in tone, even praising the Bush Administration when it deserves it, and looking for the reasons when things didn’t go so well, rather than just trying to place blame.
The article also features brilliant portrait photographs by Annie Liebovitz of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Rove.