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The Tragedy of President George II [Kindle Edition]

James Moose
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The Tragedy of President George II tells the epic story of the two Bush Presidencies in language adapted from Shakespeare’s history plays. Using words that Shakespeare created for his English Kings Henry IV and Henry V, the play depicts the wars and rebellions of American Presidents George I and George II. The play is both a celebration of, and tribute to, Shakespeare's history plays, and uses their language, slightly modernized, in each and every scene. As the strikingly similar power struggles of the Plantagenets and Bushes reveal, the means by which the mighty maintain dominion change little with time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615432743
  • Publisher: James G. Moose (21 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TBENMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summary of Reviews from Amazon.com in USA 3 Mar. 2011
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The following reviews appeared on the American Amazon.com webpage for this book as of March 2, 2011:

Deft Shakespeare adaptation skewers Bush Era, February 27, 2011

By Joanne Zipay (New Windsor, NY United States) (four stars)

James G. Moose's clever adaptation/conflation of Shakespeare's history plays into "The Tragedy of President George II" is a delightful read, and a play which cries out for performance. Using Shakespeare's own lines from a number of different plays, Moose skewers the major players in the era of George W. Bush - whom many called "King George" at the time. The same issues which arise in Shakespeare's history plays - the uses and abuses of power, civil and international conflict, popularity and propaganda, fathers and sons, the nature of right and wrong, ambition and moral ambiguity, responsibility and abdication of power - all apply to the incredible time period we call The Bush Years, and Moose makes this very clear through his equating of Presidents and Kings, Cabinets and Courts. It's an amazing and impressive feat, beautifully conceived and deftly executed by the playwright. A fascinating, fun, and revealing look at our times through the lens - and the words - of Shakespeare - and Moose.

--Joanne Zipay, Founder and Artistic Director/Producer, Judith Shakespeare Company NYC, [..]

Words from Australian Shakespearean endorsing play, February 17, 2011

By James G. Moose

John Bell, Shakespearean actor and Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare in Australia, says "Jim Moose's play is a serious parody in the tradition of Shakespeare and others who rework classic texts to comment on the Age and Body of the Time. His parallels are both amusing and apposite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deft Shakespeare adaptation skewers Bush Era 27 Feb. 2011
By Joanne Zipay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
James G. Moose's clever adaptation/conflation of Shakespeare's history plays into "The Tragedy of President George II" is a delightful read, and a play which cries out for performance. Using Shakespeare's own lines from a number of different plays, Moose skewers the major players in the era of George W. Bush - whom many called "King George" at the time. The same issues which arise in Shakespeare's history plays - the uses and abuses of power, civil and international conflict, popularity and propaganda, fathers and sons, the nature of right and wrong, ambition and moral ambiguity, responsibility and abdication of power - all apply to the incredible time period we call The Bush Years, and Moose makes this very clear through his equating of Presidents and Kings, Cabinets and Courts. It's an amazing and impressive feat, beautifully conceived and deftly executed by the playwright. A fascinating, fun, and revealing look at our times through the lens - and the words - of Shakespeare - and Moose.
--Joanne Zipay, Founder and Artistic Director/Producer, Judith Shakespeare Company NYC, [..]
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare remix 15 Feb. 2011
By ALG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
More a fan of Shakespeare than recent presidential history, I thoroughly enjoyed this remix of Shakespeare's history plays, reworked to fit the doings of the Bush administrations. The people and events are recent enough that those who are not familiar with Shakespeare's histories should be able to grasp and enjoy the intrigue, farce, truths and half-truths. For Shakespeare fans, the fun is in the use of language and characters from the history plays to comment on power and politics in the late 20th century.
4.0 out of 5 stars A drama with a new slant 12 Feb. 2011
By cemos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A satire with a difference! The two Bush administrations divided by Clinton's intervening tenure are held under the microscope and wittily examined by the author who writes in a faithful (but accessible) Shakespearean idiom throughout. We recognize many of the devices, structures and characters of Shakespeare`s plays whilst enjoying the political comment and the erudition of a playwright who can unite such disparate elements as archaic language and modern chicanery in public affairs.
4.0 out of 5 stars History in context 10 Feb. 2011
By Leo F. Mcelroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For Shakespearean scholars or observers of current government, this play offers a multitude of wonderful moments. The author has blended elements from several of Shakespeare's great historical dramas to offer insights into the political history of the Bush-Clinton-Bush era that fall occasionally into hilarious satire and occasionally into stinging commentary. As a combination of literary savvy and political insight, it will merit reading and re-reading.
4.0 out of 5 stars History Repeats Itself 16 Feb. 2011
By billfalik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mr. Moose has written a brilliant play depicting the trials and tribulations of the two Bush Presidencies. Using Shakespearean prose and meter, he brings the great Bard's universal tragedies to the 21st Century. One of the unfortunate lessons that Mr. Moose teaches us is that all too often history repeats itself.
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