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Press & Reviews

The Trial of George W. Bush [a novel]

“If hindsight is 20/20, what is foresight? A question posed existentially in a fascinating new book, THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH, written by Terry Jastrow. While the prosecution has the advantage of hindsight, the defense is restricted to foresight, and the reader must reconcile the two. The question becomes, what would you have done given the same circumstances? It’s a seductive question that makes the book a must-read. There is also a shock on the last page.”

– Bob Dowling, former Publisher and Editor in Chief, Hollywood Reporter

“Terry Jastrow’s debut novel – simultaneously fictional and historically compelling – pulsates a throbbing plot and quintessential questions of the criminality of the Iraq War. With precision and passion, rare intelligence and a journalistic integrity, THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH delivers Bush to The Hague’s ICC (International Criminal Court) to be tried for war crimes. Fast and furious, THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH resonates as we realize that we do not have the freedom to attack other countries because we disagree with their form of government or we need their resources for our own benefit – or do we? Spectacular.”

 The Review Broads

“The way the book is written is extremely realistic. The reader will feel like he is in the courtroom. The tension is clear and even frightening at times. The trial leads to an unexpected conclusion that you will have to read to discover.”

 Mystery Suspense Reviews

“Terry Jastrow’s THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH is a masterful blend of fact and fiction. A powerful story that entertains and edifies. Can the president of the United States ultimately do whatever he wants? Was Bush’s maverick decision to go to war with Iraq a foreshadowing of things to come? A perfect book for these unsettling times.”

– Terri Hanauer, film and theatrical director/screenwriter

“Terry Jastrow’s terrific new novel, THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH, poses questions that need to be asked and debated. I won’t stop thinking about it for weeks, maybe months. It is the must-read book of the summer.”

– Catherine Bell, star of JAG, Army Wives and Hallmark’s The Good Witch

“Realistically, George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq will never lead to a war crimes trial. Yet by exploring this provocative ‘what if’ the considerably researched THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH is a thought-provoking read.”

– Tim Gebhart

“The story is an interesting mix of both fact and fiction and the author does so very skillfully…Overall, I thought the book was fascinating and if you enjoy legal or political dramas I think you’ll feel the same way. In the end, the story made me think, which is probably what the author’s goal was in the first place.”

– In Our Spare Time blog

“I’m halfway through Terry Jastrow’s new novel and it is AMAZING. THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH is an honest and true page-turner that engrosses you through nail-biting high stakes courtroom entertainment while simultaneously capturing your intellect on some very big, universal questions. Big subject, big book… READ IT!”

 Ken Solomon, President, Tennis Channel

Conflict, suspense, and an unpredictable reveal are brilliantly delivered in Terry Jastrow’s break-out novel, THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH. It is a riveting and relevant philosophical must read played out at the International Criminal Court, which will ultimately make for a must watch multi-episode TV event.”

– Michael Doven, CEO of United Pictures Group

“I read THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH and found it thoroughly thought-provoking and entertaining. The technical knowledge Terry Jastrow mastered to write the book is stunning. He absolutely nailed it. Just super enjoyable and impressive. Bravo!”

 Matt Herrington, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

Readers of both political and legal thrillers are in for a real treat with such a mix and its close attention to fictional and nonfiction detail and the kinds of ethical questions raised by high-level political decisions.”

 D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Not since A Few Good Men has the tension, consequences and gotcha moments of a take-no-prisoners trial been captured so expertly.

– Michael Wisner, editor The Piper

“Terry Jastrow’s masterpiece of realistic fiction will inspire some, anger others, and is sure to provoke water cooler conversation across our divided nation. Whatever your position on the legitimacy of the war in Iraq, this is a book you’re going to want to read.”

Michael Scharf, Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law Author of “Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein”

“Carefully researched and brilliantly argued, this is compelling, infuriating, and cathartic.”

Lou Aronica, New York Times best-selling author

“THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH takes a very clever and original premise and delivers on it. The novel presents the idea that presidents should be held criminally liable for the loss of lives in an unjust war. Though the book is fiction, it reads like fact. You are caught up in the events and the ethical dilemma they present. A rare novel that chews as much as it bites off— and then some.

Peter Lefcourt, best-selling author of The Deal and The Dreyfus Affair

“How do I describe this novel? Riveting. Complex. Confusing. And Brilliant.

Wonder of Words blog

“THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH is a very good read… Jastrow captures the essence of Bush

Cheryl’s Book Nook

“Those who will most appreciate THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH will be of two types: political partisans who believe that justice was not done in the Iraq War and those who enjoy legal procedurals.”

Miriam Downey, the Cyberlibrarian

“Readers who like legal fiction would enjoy THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH. And the first chapter with the abduction would also appeal to those who like Tom Clancy novels.”

Amy Nickless

“[T]he trial itself is engrossing. The issues of weapons of mass destruction – and the failure to find any – are addressed, as are the unintended consequences of the war, that we are still dealing with today. Media reactions are credibly portrayed as well.”

 Hilary Williamson, BookLoons

“Terry Jastrow’s brilliant, biting novel is a must-read for anyone who cares about international peace, war crimes past and future, and how justice can be delivered in unexpected ways. If you think you know how this story ends, start reading now!”

Sarah Lovett, co author (with Valerie Plame) of NY Times bestseller Blowback

“This story is a great what if idea. What if Bush was held accountable for everything that happened when he invaded Iraq? Would he be found justified? Would he be sentenced? The possibilities are endless… a great concept.

–  J Bronder Book Reviews

“The plot of THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH by Terry Jastrow grabbed me from the start…Jastrow has done a remarkable job, and if the topic interests you, this is a must-read.”

–  Men Reading Books blog

“I really liked THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH. This novel starts off strong and doesn’t lose momentum for one moment.”

– Jay Snook, The Good Men Project

“I find Terry Jastrow’s novel so intriguing in that it reads like a nonfiction book. It’s so well written and believable, I could hardly wait to find out what happens. I absolutely agree with all the wonderful comments the book is receiving. Clever as it is…are you sure this is fiction? So well done.”

– Priscilla Presley

“Terry Jastrow’s novel, The Trial of George W. Bush, is a highly efficacious exercise in using “What If”. In this case, “What If the International Criminal Court puts George W. Bush on trial at The Hague for war crimes connected to the war in Iraq?” If your initial response is, “Never gonna happen, but an interesting idea,” then… you’ll want to read the book.”

– Joey Madia, New Mystics Enterprises

The Trial of George W. Bush Book

THE TRIAL of GEORGE W. BUSH, a novel, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, AbeBooks, and at other retail stores. Learn more about the Audiobook version.