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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (May 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159315481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593154813
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the L.A. County District Attorney's office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his classic, Helter Skelter, the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of Bugliosi's other books- And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage -also reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. No other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking. His latest book, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has been heralded as "epic" and "a book for the ages."Bugliosi has uncommonly attained success in two separate and distinct fields, as an author and a lawyer. His excellence as a trial lawyer is best captured in the judgment of his peers. "Bugliosi is as good a prosecutor as there ever was," Alan Dershowitz says. F. Lee Bailey calls Bugliosi "the quintessential prosecutor." "There is only one Vince Bugliosi. He's the best," says Robert Tanenbaum, for years the top homicide prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office. Most telling is the comment by Gerry Spence, who squared off against Bugliosi in a twenty-one-hour televised, scriptless "docu-trial" of Lee Harvey Oswald, in which the original key witnesses to the Kennedy assassination testified and were cross-examined. After the Dallas jury returned a guilty verdict in Bugliosi's favor, Spence said, "No other lawyer in America could have done what Vince did in this case."Bugliosi lives with his wife, Gail, in Los Angeles.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Raivio on Sept. 25 2008
Format: Hardcover
Be prepared to do some thinking outside the box if you read this book, but it will certainly pay off. Renowned former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi makes a compelling case that U.S. President George W. Bush could be realistically put on trial for murder (and possibly given the death penalty!) for his utterly false reasoning in going to war with Iraq.
Bugliosi's justifiable rage percolates throughout the book, his main argument being this: Bush said Saddam Hussein was concealing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq, and therefore this presented an imminent danger to the national security of America. But as we all know, no WMDs were ever found in Iraq, therefore Bugliosi argues that the reason behind the whole war was a sham, and the thousands of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq should be on the legal record of Bush.
If U.S. Presidents (or any high elected official) could be prosecuted legally for murder, perhaps they would put a lot more thought into going to war if they knew they could be held accountable for their actions in a court of law - just like the rest of us.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Oliver on Aug. 24 2008
Format: Hardcover
For anyone with any interest in this crazy world of ours this is "must" reading. But make sure you have your blood pressure medication on hand if your on "meds". During his career the author prosecuted 106 cases and won 105. He prosecuted 21 murder cases and won them all. This is by no means a frivolous book! Clearly the charges are serious and the author takes great pains to make his case.

To find out why Bugliosi believes that the unholy triumvirate of Bush, Cheney and Rice should be prosecuted for murder you'll have to read this book. Get it and read it!!
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Kristan on May 22 2009
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The book was an interesting read and it was supposed to be a rant against Dubya so that's all good, but I find the author too often displayed what I thought was partisanship. Perhaps the former president should be tried as a war criminal, Mr B did all the research and I take him at his word in so far as the assertions he makes in the book, and if he's telling the truth than I'd be inclined to agree with the conclusion that Mr Bush and those around him at the time should be required to answer some hard questions. However, I think he goes out of his way to make Mr Bush look bad, even to the point of making things up. At one point, when talking about 911 and the fact that the White House did not respond to excessive chatter leading up to the event, he frames it as though he believes a bunch of evil men from a far away country flew airplanes into large steel frame buildings, causing them to collapse from the resulting fires and killing hundreds of people. I just find it hard to believe that a person with such intricate knowledge about such matters can possibly belive that story - I mean saying that there are mountains of indisputable evidence which suggest that, at the very least, the authorities took extreme measures to cover things up would be a gross understatement (not to mention the fact that science, as we understand it, absolutely disproves the government's conspiracy theory regarding the events of September 11, 2001). Then he goes on to insult people in the know about 911 by calling them "left wing nuts". Unless the author is himself an idiot, I have to believe the only reason he would perpetuate the grand myths surrounding the event, and even slander the people who have a clue about it, would be because he's on a mission to further a particular point of view.Read more ›
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127 of 147 people found the following review helpful
A necessary, angry book June 6 2008
By Patrick M. Blackburn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Any nut off the street can write a book that claims Bush should be tried for murder. But Vincent Bugliosi is no nut -- he's a respected criminal prosecuter and author of several well researched, well received books.

Vincent Bugliosi is pissed, and he does not mince words in this scathing indictment of George W. Bush. He admits to being a democrat, but lays out his "case" with rational, fact-based arguments. He lists HOW a state's attorney general would bring a case to court, how he would survive a grand jury, and specifically how he would try it. It is damning and effective.

Maybe this is where I should state that I am a Republican and have never voted for a Democrat in my life. So dismissing my comments as those of an angry liberal aren't going to hold water. This isn't about politics, right vs. left, blue vs. red. It's about being an American, and deciding on what we believe in. If you read this book and still fail to believe that George Bush LIED to us and COVERED UP many of those lies, than you need to get your head out of the sand.

George Bush is responsible for the deaths of our soldiers who died in Iraq. Period. If you don't believe me, read the book. Then tell me that you aren't bothered by everything that has happened. Iraq has never been a direct threat to the people of the United States. There was a time when we only fought when we were attacked. The threat of attack was the absolute minimum justification for going to war. Bugliosi clearly lays out the reasons we went to war, and I guarantee you if we knew now what we were lied to then, we would have risin up collectively and not allowed this to happen. At least I hope we wouldn't have. I'm not sure enough of us are smart enough, or determined enough, to get off the couch and do anything about things like this, but I'd like to believe we would.

We need to change some things to be a good country again. We need to change things to be good Republicans again, too. I don't recognize this party as the party I grew up with and supported, and the first step to changing this is by holding those accountable who have done so much damage to our standing in this world, as well as to the military families who have suffered so much to fight in Bush's war.

This book will really fire you up, regardless if you come from the left side or the right. If you have the capacity for critical thought, it will inspire you to AT LEAST investigate the claims further.

As a final note, don't stop reading when you get to the end of the text. The author includes 75 pages of notes that are just as good (and sometimes better) than the original manuscript.

My only criticism (and it's small), is that Bugliosi claims a few too many times that his premise is "not open for debate," or "undisputable facts," etc. At times, they are. Often, he says that about something that is clearly debatable. While I may agree with what he is saying, there are things that are clearly open to debate. When he does this, I feel he loses some of his effectiveness. But, taken as a whole, the book is extremely effective.
125 of 148 people found the following review helpful
Meticulous, brilliant, devastating indictment long overdue June 1 2008
By Allan Brain - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What else would one expect from this brilliant lawyer? He is not afraid to address the issues that everyone else turns away from in a state of denial. His treatment of the deception the Bush administration used to promote the Iraq war for political purposes is the detailed account that Frank Rich's THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD did not quite make. Why? Because he starts with the premise that the Bush administration really can be shown to be criminally negligent at best. And while I loved Rich's book, Bugliosi's is such a knock-out punch that it's truly hard to read it as "over-the-top" even if you start reading it and expect to feel that way.

The author's folksy and informal style is a little surprising until you realize, as I did early on, that he is presenting the case as an advocate would in court. So it's not dry exposition, but passion that is driving the argument.

Remarkably, we live in a country where even people in the know should know better and don't. How many people today recall that it was the U.S. who kicked out the UN inspectors who were begging for more time to assure that there were no dangerous WMD in Iraq?

Bugliosi shows convincingly that Bush and his people had a perverse agenda of wanting a war, something that no other President had ever wanted. He paints a picture of Bush that makes Michael Moore's film look like hagiography. His research and command of the facts are exemplary, as one might expect from a star prosecutor and his appeal to common sense is such that one wonders why no one has made these obvious points before. (Actually, some of us have here and there, such as former Senator George McGovern, who declared that you would have to be crazy--or think Saddam Hussein was crazy--to believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the U.S. in 2003.)

This war never made any sense. Bugliosi is not afraid to charge Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld with murder and helpfully explains how that is consistent with criminal law theory. He puts it together the way no one has before.

He also makes the case that Bush-Cheney have been negligent in the so-called "war on terror". As in the case of the UN inspectors issue (why, if the UN inspectors were in Iraq and reporting progress, did we need to invade?) most Americans probably do not recall that Bush and Cheney originally opposed the 9-11 Commission and were uncooperative with it.
This should have been a HUGE issue in the 2004 campaign.

I strongly suspect that some of these so-called "reviewers" have not read the book. If only John Kerry or John Edwards had taken on the Bush-Cheney regime this way in 2004!
253 of 305 people found the following review helpful
A refreshingly objective, logical, non-partisan (if unsettling) response to a heinous crime June 5 2008
By J Bucknoff, PMP - Published on
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I highly recommend Vincent Bugliosi's new book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Vanguard Press, 2008). Bugliosi is a highly admired prosecutor. He prosecuted the Manson family trials. He has never lost a murder conviction. He usually votes Democratic, though he supported McCain in 2000. He now offers an objective, factual, spin-free treatise on one of the greatest crimes in American history.

The reason that Bush, Rumsfield, Cheney and Rice went to war with Iraq is because George W. Bush simply wanted to go to war with Iraq. Just as Hitler was planning to go to war with Poland and France long before he became Chancellor of Germany, Bush was planning to go to war with Iraq long before he became President. Even though there was no connection between Iraq and the events of 9/11, that tragic event gave him the opportunity to sell his war dreams. Going to war had absolutely nothing to do with national security or any kind of imminent threat to the United States. It had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 or Al Qaeda. In fact, the security of the United States has been considerably reduced as a result of Bush's adventure in Iraq. Therefore, the reason that the sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, siblings, best friends of thousands of Americans (and tens of thousands Iraqis) have had their intestines blown out of their bodies to be commingled with the pulverized brain tissue of the soldier sitting next to them in their unprotected, armor-free humvee is NOT because they bravely gave their lives for our country. It's because Bush lied to the country (and to the World), hid the truth and fabricated facts in order to satisfy his lust to go to war -- and have "fun" being a war-time President (at a cost that is now running over $1 Trillion in direct and indirect costs -- at time when Social Security is going bankrupt, health care coverage is not available for over 50,000,000 Americans, the economy is going south and the richest Americans are enjoying tax breaks).

Now, this is old news. You'd have to be either a fool, an ignoramus, in a coma or be a Fox News Channel viewer to be unaware of this. The facts are well documented and irrefutable. Just as volumes have been written about other recent criminal regimes (i.e., Pinochet, Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin -- even Sadaam Hussein who, while not a threat to America was a bloody despot), there is no dearth of published information about the crimes of the Bush regime. Bugliosi's book differs in that he asks the question, "so what are we going to do about it?" He answers the question with a well thought out, logical, objective, non-partisan and legally sound solution: some time after Bush leaves office, prosecute him for murder in each of the 50 States.

On the face of it, this may sound like a preposterous proposal: prosecute a U.S. President for a capital crime (actually, over 4,000 counts of that crime)?!? But he makes a very strong and logical argument for why it should be done. He follows this up with a legally sound explanation about how it can be done.

In this election year, we can look forward to a lot of partisan books and articles from both political parties. Mr. Bugliosi offers us a refreshing (if unsettling) break from partisanship and spin with his objective, factual and well documented arguments. He even anticipates many rebuttal arguments to his thesis and responds to them. The book is neither pro-right nor pro-left. It is pro-American. Not Republicans vs. Democrats but, rather, The United States of America vs. George Bush.

Before I read this book, I believed that prosecuting and convicting a U.S. President, regardless of the extent or heinousness of his crimes, would do more harm to the United States than good. Now that I have read the book, my thinking has changed. Here we have a man who is personally responsible for putting tens of thousands of innocent people into harm's way for no other reason than his own, personal desire to wage war -- laughing and talking about how much fun he is having while all this is going on. A man, who while Governor of Texas, would publicly make fun of condemned convicts when they asked for mercy or for a stay of execution. The Governor of a state that executes more prisoners than any other state. As much as I personally oppose capital punishment, I have to admit that it would be ironic and just to see this particular criminal strapped to a gurney, himself, awaiting the needle. (At least it would be a swift, probably relatively painless, death. Not the kind of death that our nation's sons and daughters experienced as their armor-free bodies were ripped to shreds and whatever could be recovered of their remains categorized at the mortuary as "unviewable.")

I strongly encourage all patriotic Americans to read this book -- then lend it to your friends.
139 of 166 people found the following review helpful
Bush is Pure Evil May 31 2008
By G. Leon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I doubt if those who gave this book one star actually read the book. But I read it. The opening chapters show a side of Bush that sickened me. Bugliosi clearly shows, with an abundance of evidence, that Bush really doesn't give a damn about our soldiers in Iraq, and that Bush spends ZERO time trying to get this conflict resolved. Bush is lazy, pure and simple. I doubt if Bush will ever spend one day in court being tried for murder, after he leaves office (if he leaves !). But this book is a beautifully written indictment an evil man. If nothing else, at least historians have another book to use to judge the Bush presidency in years to come.
82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
A Compelling, Passionate Argument -- But Legal Obstacles Go Unaddressed July 6 2008
By Michael G. Radigan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bugliosi, a brilliant prosecutor, builds a passionate, persuasive case, filled with moral outrage, at the frat-boy antics of George W. Bush in the face of the pointless tragedy of a war he started. He also shows, very compellingly and persuasively, that the president and a cohort of neoconservatives misled the American people into a war of choice with a fraudulent campaign of disinformation and innuendo.

As to legal argument however, there may be some problems; at least, in my view one significant legal issue goes unaddressed. Under the customary common law of nations high officials, like countries, are generally regarded as immune from civil or criminal liability for their public and official acts, though not necessarily for private acts. See, e.g., The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations v. City of New York, 127 S. Ct. 2352, 2356-57 (2007). Presumably, the invasion, backed by a Congressional authorization of use of force, would be a public or official act, as would the President's mendacious propaganda campaign leading to it.

With respect to public acts, officials are generally protected by a species of immunity called "state act" immunity, while heads of state, like Bush, are generally protected by both state act immunity and also by "head of state" immunity. There does seem to be some uncertainty in the decisional law as to whether such immunities may apply to former heads of state. See, e.g., Plaintiffs A,B,C,D,E,F v. Jiang Zemin, 282 F.Supp. 2d 875 (N.D. Ill, 2003); Aliola v. Abubakar, 267 F. Supp. 2d 907 (N.D. Ill. 2003), which hold that former heads of state are protected by sovereign immunity, while the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has suggested that sovereign immunity might not apply to former heads of state for public or private acts. Republic of the Philippines v. Marcos, 806 F.2d 344, 360 (2d Cir. 1986).

While the above-cited cases all involve foreign heads of state, for which sovereign immunity is codified in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1602 et seq., there is at least some reason to think the same or similar principles might apply to a former U.S. head of state or high official being tried in an American court for crimes involving official acts. Indeed, the Supreme Court has held that the President is absolutely immune from claims for civil damages arising from official acts, Nixon v. Fitzgerald, 457 U.S. 731 (1982), so Bugliosi has the burden of showing that the criminal prosecution he wants to bring is somehow distinguishable. He doesn't sustain this burden here. Bugliosi addresses and dismisses some of the policy arguments underlying the application of sovereign immunity to Bush's situation, but he doesn't really explain how the type of prosecution he envisages would survive a motion to dismiss. This hurt the book for me. But in detailing the moral case for pursuing justice against Bush and his group, the book performs an important public service.