Hadlee working on boosting sales of his 13th book, third biography

Wellington, Aug.20 (ANI): Former New Zealand fast bowler Richard Hadlee is spending his days trying to boost sales for his 13th book.

According to the Dominion Post, Hadlee has been in hiding for a year, putting the finishing touches on “Changing Pace” his third biography, which took him eight years to complete.

He hasn’t been to a cricket match over the past year apart from when he had to pick up an award.

Hadlee may be in fine form, but it his deteriorating eyesight that worries him most.

“I can be 30,000 miles up in the air and still see a car driving on the road, and can’t see a golf hole,” he laments.

“I need glasses. Putting, I’m missing them, I miss eight or nine like that,” he says while motioning his arms outstretched.

He says that the motivation for his latest book seems to be part-cathartic, part-explanation.

There are three emotional chapters which cover off his father Walter’s death, his own heart problems and his marriage breakup, which at one stage reduced him to living in a single bed at his parents’ home at the age of 44.

“Writing about those emotional experiences can be a healing thing and perhaps others can take some inspiration as well,” he says.

“It is more than a cricket book. It reflects the old days, the end of my playing days, the life of dad, my knighthood, health problems and life as a selector for eight years.”

Hadlee’s second biography Rhythm and Swing sold 44,000 copies. In a congested market this one may not reach those figures, but as with one of his bowling spells it has some real quality and contains no rubbish.

He believes it has “some controversy” but in reality it is his opportunity to explain “the other side” of what he went through as a selector during some turbulent years.

“It’s come from here,” Hadlee says, pointing at his heart. (ANI)

Most historians will see Bush as a failed US President

New York, Jan.12 (ANI): In eight days, after eight turbulent years, George Bush will depart Washington, and leave behind a radically different country and a changed world.

And the inevitable wrangling will officially begin over the Bush legacy: How this man and this presidency will be viewed through the long lens of history.

“I think he’ll be able to look himself in the mirror when he is done and say, I did my best, I made decisions based on principle,” CBS News quoted former Bush communications director Dan Bartlett, as saying.

“As a judicial historian looking at what’s occurred on his watch, it is almost void of genuine accomplishment,” said presidential historian Brinkley

“In foreign policy where he has taken so much criticism, I think the assessment of history will be surprisingly positive,” said former Bush speechwriter David Frum.

“I think President Bush might very well be the worst president in U.S. history,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joseph Ellis.

“He’s unusual. Most two-term presidents have a mixed record. Lyndon Johnson, one of the greatest achievements in the 20th century was civil rights legislation; on the other hand you have the extraordinary tragedy of Vietnam. Even Richard Nixon opened the door to China and had foreign policy credentials. Bush has nothing on the positive side, virtually nothing,” Ellis added

And that’s not a minority opinion. In a 2006 Siena College survey of 744 history professors, 82 percent rated President Bush below average, or a failure.

Last April, in an informal poll by George Mason University of 109 historians, 98 percent considered him a failed president. Sixty-one percent judged him, as Ellis does, one of the worst in American history.

“The Iraq War is the defining variable because it was his decision,” journalist Bob Woodward said.

“No one has the illusion that a president is commander in chief of the economy, he is not. He is commander in chief of the military, and in the end you wind up getting judged and held accountable for what you’re in charge of,” he added

Woodward has written four books on the Bush presidency.

Opinions vary on the impact of these and other programs, but the consensus is Bush’s legacy will largely rest on one event – 9/11 – and his response to the attacks. (ANI)