Our Fortunate Son President

He seems pretty proud to be one

J. H. Hatfield's 1999 biography of George W. Bush, Fortunate Son, alleges many sordid details of Dubya's salad days, including cocaine-fueled parties, arrests for drinking and driving, and business connections with Sheik Salem M. bin Laden (Osama's father). The original publisher, St. Martin's Press, recalled the book in October of that year after learning that Hatfield (pictured on the far right, with publisher Sander Hicks) was a convicted felon. Shortly thereafter, indie imprint Soft Skull Press announced that it would republish the book but ended up struggling for more than a year with lawsuits, poor press and disagreements with the book distributor before finally getting Fortunate Son back in brave bookstores. Horns and Halos, a documentary by Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, chronicles the travails of the book, its author and its new publisher as they attempt to bring their version of the Bush story to the American public.

The first step in mending our fractured democracy is education. Read the book, see the film, then discuss both with other people -- even if you disagree, you're part of the solution. (And if you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt if you registered to vote.)

Horns and Halos, part of Webster University's film series, screens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 21, in the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue, 314-968-7487). Admission is $4 to $6. -- Guy Gray

Sander Hicks (left) and J.H. Hatfield (right) want to tell 
you something funny about the president.
Sander Hicks (left) and J.H. Hatfield (right) want to tell you something funny about the president.

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