Today on Barbelith, Fortunate Son: In 1999, James Hatfield’s book, Fortunate Son was published and almost immediately taken off the shelves amid revelations that its author had once been imprisoned for attempting to hire a hit-man. The book, amongst other things, alleges that George Bush Senior arranged to have his son’s conviction for cocaine possession expunged from the records. In May 2001, a month after Fortunate Son was republished, Hatfield’s body was found in a hotel room. What is the story behind the story of Fortunate Son? Gavin MacDonald investigates.