"Derision Points with an 'R' has the memories Dubya's memoir leaves out," says author Ted Cohen, a Kennebunkport reporter.
Derision Points is Dubya's candid back story.
Derision Points is a revealing portrait of the young George W. Bush as a rowdy teenage prankster, then a towel-snapping frat boy at an Ivy League college. Next Poppy Bush helps him dodge the draft -- and get elected to the highest office. Stranger than fiction?
It's a tipsy tale and not too flattering, yet one can't help sympathizing with the anti-hero. Dubya is a mischievous but likable character who just wanted to have a good time -- it was never his idea to be a president or even a Bush at all.
Cohen peels back the onion of Bush's dysfunctional family.
"Derision Points: Clown Prince highlights what life was like behind the scenes in the Bush household," Cohen said. "This was a very famous and driven family."
Cohen portrays the elder Bush as a man focused on career. It was all politics. Barbara Bush was a single parent in her husband's constant and unnerving absences.
"But it's not gloomy by any means. The story line moves quickly, buoyed by humor and dialogue. It's a fun book by a very funny guy," Leonard said. "Of course it's also a good insight into ruling-class behavior. The clincher for me was that they fired Ted for reporting the DUI story."
Cohen was the reporter on the Kennebunkport beat who scooped the story of Bush's DUI arrest just before the election.
The book's full title is Derision Points: Clown Prince Bush the W, the Real Story of Bush's Decision Points.