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President George W. Bush is the ‘President of Good and Evil'—the man who, more than any other United States president in living memory, talks constantly about ethics, about values, about good and evil. He does this whether he is talking about building a culture of life, about fighting the axis of evil, or about a higher tone of corporate ethics.
This book is an attempt to hold the policies of George W. Bush, and his actions as president, up to an ethical standard—including his own. But it goes beyond that. It is also a study in a distinctively American ethic, for there are many features of his ethic that are not widely held elsewhere in the developed world. (There are also, of course, many Americans who do not share them.)
Some will question whether Bush is sincere in his ethical pronouncements. While Singer highlights some flagrant inconsistencies between what he has said and what he has done, the book is not an exposé of the 'real’ Bush beneath the public pronouncements.
Unlike the ‘moral character’ issue that conservatives used to attack Clinton, Singer is interested in the ethical stances that determine what Bush does as president, rather than as a private citizen. The President of Good & Evil is his attempt to hold the world’s most prominent moralist accountable.
‘Peter Singer’s status as a man of principles and towering intellect—a philosopher extraordinaire, if you will—is unrivalled in Australia. And for good reason.’
‘The case is put with eloquent force.’
‘This is a serious attempt to understand America’s “most prominent moralist”…Informative and engaging.‘