Tortured Logic


Tortured Logic

A Verbatim Critique of the George W. Bush Presidency

Joseph Russomanno
Foreword by Jonathan Alter

352 pages


April 2011


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About the Book

It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush’s, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. Tortured Logic shows us, in the words of the participants themselves, how this egregious abuse of power came about. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others—including our leading journalists—in a narrative sequence in the book’s first half, Russomanno allows the story of Bush’s imperial presidency to unfold . In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to “legalize” torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Tortured Logic provides a unique critique of the Bush administration.

Author Bio

Joseph Russomanno an associate professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is the author of Speaking Our Minds: Conversations with the People Behind Landmark Amendment Cases (2002), coauthor of The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication (2007), and editor of Defending the First: Commentary on First Amendment Issues and Cases (2005). He lives in Chandler, Arizona.


Tortured Logic on one level shows the extent to which the administration of George W. Bush telegraphed its intentions every time its officials opened their mouths. On a completely different level, the reader will be shocked by the extent to which we were manipulated by those very same words. Historians will love this ‘primary source’ view into the Bush years. Other readers, like myself, who fought the administration for so many years, will find the hair on the back of their necks rising as they read just how diabolical the Bush administration was.”—Amb. Joseph Wilson (Ret.), author of The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity