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Introduction: The radical president. Pt. 1. Hubris ("Mission accomplished": from the victory in Iraq to the defeat of John Kerry) The intelligence wars ; Bush and Blair: lessons in leadership ; How George transformed Tony's world ; The good soldier ; An unlikely dissent ; The hunt for WMD ; The Madrid Express: 3/11 meets 9/11 ; The counterterrorism czar comes in from the cold ; The White House has the last laugh ; The road map to nowhere ; The president goes blank ; The silence of Colin Powell ; Pulp fictions ; The secrets of Abu Ghraib ; The American military coup of 2012 ; The holy warrior ; Riding the Trojan horse ; The specter of Vietnam ; The Reagan legacy ; Reagan's funeral and Clinton's portrait ; Cheney's mask slips ; The Senate's Da Vinci code ; Code orange ; The oath of true believers ; The rule of chaos ; Shock and awe: the Republican National Convention, day one ; Fear and narcissism: the Republican National Convention, day two ; None dare call it treason: the Republican National Convention, day three ; "A certain swagger": the Republican National Convention, day four ; Staring at defeat ; Falls the shadow ; "The right God" ; "The lowest grade of ignorance" ; Colin Powell's final days ; Dedication day.
Pt. 2. Nemesis I ("Catastrophic success": from the death of Terry Schiavo to the vigil of Cindy Sheehan) Mission misconceived ; All hail Caligula's horse! ; Medals of failure ; Purging poppy ; Metrics ; Regime change ; "A broken force" ; The march of folly ; Spending political capital ; A hireling, a fraud, and a prostitute ; The plot against the New Deal ; Orwell's clock ; The brilliant career of Jack Abramoff ; A confederacy of shamans ; The passion of the culture war ; Politics under the red robes ; The keys of the kingdom ; "Serial abuser" ; The good soldier's revenge ; The incredible shrinking president ; Damage ; Guantánamo ; The truth about torture ; Deep throat's lessons ; A broken body ; Blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel ; "The last throes" ; The supreme chance of a lifetime ; Rowe's war ; Tunnel vision ; "The meaning of words" ; Above the rule of law ; The informer ; Unhappy holiday ; Question time.
Pt. 3. Nemesis II ("Heck of a job": from the landfall of Hurricane Katrina to the revolt of the generals) Hurricane Katrina ; "What didn't go right?" ; "Heck of a job" ; From gulf to shining gulf ; Karen Hughes takes a tour ; Twenty-first-century Republicanism ; Judy d'Arc ; The conservative revolt ; The indictment of Scooter Libby ; Cheney's trial ; Stab in the back ; The long march of Dick Cheney ; Bob Woodward's cover-up ; Condi's tortuous trail ; "The law is king" ; Annus horribilis ; Bush's war on professionals ; Meek, mild, and menacing ; The Republican system ; The proconsul's apologia ; Bush's Brezhnev period ; The client ; The rules of the game ; Cheney's coup ; A Lincoln portrait ; Once more unto the breach ; Sex police chief arrested ; Blood and sand ; The love song of Francis Fukuyama ; Apocalypse now ; Card shuffle ; I, DeLay ; Tethered goats ; The president of truth ; The decider. Epilogue: The passion of George W. Bush.