Dead Certain: the presidency of George W. Bush

The ghost following Bush

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

On an Autumn night 300 years ago, Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell, hero of the British Navy, was approached on his quarterdeck by a sailor with a warning. According to the sailor’s calculations, the fleet was headed straight for disaster. But Sir Clowdisley was a bold leader unburdened by doubt. He was dead certain he was headed in the right direction. ‘Such subversive navigation by an inferior was forbidden in the Royal Navy,’ according to Dava Sobel in her brilliant book Longitude, and so ‘Admiral Shovell had the man hanged for mutiny on the spot.’ The 57-year-old Sir Clowdisley stayed the course, oblivious in his ignorance and upright in his optimism, until, one by one, his ships wrecked in the Scilly Isles with great loss of life, including his own. Sir Clowdisley kept coming to mind as I was reading Robert Draper’s Dead Certain, the presidency of George W. Bush...

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