Destined for Destiny: The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush

Scott Dikkers, Author, Peter Hilleren, Author Scribner Book Company $19.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-7432-9966-4
In the tradition of Jon Stewart's America: The Book and satirical newspaper The Onion (which Dikkers runs as editor-in-chief), this faux autobiography recounts George W. Bush's mediocre rise from humble beginnings (as a child of ""simple oil folks"") to become the 43rd President of the United States. Dikkers and Hilleren play on every Bush stereotype, from his privileged insider perspective (""I believe in tax relief for Wal-Mart and other large department store chains which clothe and feed the poor"") to his close and personal bond with his savior (""Hello, Jesus, my name is George W. Bush and I'm asking for your support in my run for Congress""), in a voice studded with Bush's trademark malapropisms. The authors also include fake artifacts, including newspaper clippings, White House memos and Bush's Yale admissions essay (complete with a note from Dad). Though the gags are often as sharp as they are stupid (chapter titles include ""Then I Ran Some Companies into the Ground,"" ""George Walker, Texas Ranger,"" and ""The Clown-Faced Zombie I Call My Wife""), readers may find the joke wearing a little thin by the time they reach the 16-page photo spread of Bush with Jesus Christ. Readers may want to skip around to prevent satirical fatigue.
Reviewed on: 10/01/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 173 pages - 978-0-7432-9967-1
Compact Disc - 4 pages - 978-0-7435-6557-8
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