True Faith and Allegiance is the highly-anticipated personal history from Alberto R. Gonzales, former Attorney General of the United States and former Counsel to the President—the only lawyer and only Hispanic to hold both these positions—an ultimate insider in the most tumultuous events in recent history. Born to a poor but proud working-class family in Humble, Texas, Gonzales was raised along with his seven siblings in a modest 2-bedroom home. His loving and devout parents taught him the conservative values of hard work and accountability that motivated Gonzales to the highest echelons of power. He was a confidante to President George W. Bush during the crucible of the 9/11 attacks, and he played a vital role in the administration’s immediate response to protect America and the far-reaching steps to prevent further harm.
|Contributor(s)||Alberto R. Gonzales|
|About the Contributor(s)||Alberto R. Gonzales
Alberto R. Gonzales was the eightieth attorney general of the United States from 2005–2007. The former Texas secretary of state and justice on the Texas supreme court, he served in the White House as counsel to the president from 2001–2005. An Air Force veteran, he attended the US Air Force Academy and is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School. He is Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law, located in Nashville, Tennessee.
|Publish Date||Sep 6, 2016|
- Review by Jordan Wootten
True Faith and Allegiance was a fascinating book for me to read. As someone who is admittedly a fan of President George W. Bush and the way that he led the country during his presidency, I found this book particularly intriguing. While the book length was daunting initially, the pages seemed to turn themselves after a while because of the well-written, engaging content of the book.
From his upbringing and the values that the author's parents instilled in him as a young child to the vital role that he played during the 9/11 era, Alberto provides the reader with an in-depth look into his life from early-on and into his adult years. Having the opportunity to get into the thought-process of the men and women who had to make incredibly difficult decisions during Gonzales's time in his role gives the reader valuable insight that he/she wouldn't have otherwise. It provided me with a new level of respect for those who lead our country for the kinds of decisions that they're forced to make on a daily basis. Regardless of one's thoughts on President Bush, one of his top priorities was certainly to keep the American people safe, and this book sheds a great deal of light on that fact. Alberto paints a good behind-the-scenes picture for the reader of the life of a politician.
I found this book to be enjoyable, informative, and enlightening on several fronts. The author does a really good job of providing insight into the thought-process that went into making these critical decisions at a time when our country was in need of strong leadership. Although this book probably isn't for everyone, I would highly recommend it. (Posted on 9/30/2016)