All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings


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37
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2
Release Date
October 1999
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6 hours 0 minutes
Summary
Former President George H.W. Bush, revealed through his letters and writings from 1941 to 2010, is “worth its weight in gold…a valuable update of the life of an honorable American leader” (The Washington Post).

“Who knew that beneath George Bush’s buttoned-up propriety pulsed the warm heart of a prolific and occasionally poetic writer with a wacky sense of humor?” (People) Though reticent in public, George Bush openly shared his private thoughts in correspondence throughout his life. This collection of letters, diary entries, and memos is the closest we’ll ever get to his autobiography.

Organized chronologically, readers will gain insights into Bush’s career highlights—the oil business, his two terms in Congress, his ambassadorship to the UN, his service as an envoy to China, his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, and of course, the vice presidency, the presidency, and the post-presidency. They will also observe a devoted husband, father, and American. Ranging from a love letter to Barbara and a letter to his mother about missing his daughter, Robin, after her death from leukemia to a letter to his children written just before the beginning of Desert Storm, this collection is remarkable for Bush’s candor, humor, and poignancy.

“An unusual glimpse of the private thoughts of a public figure” (Newsweek), this revised edition includes new letters and photographs that highlight the Bush family’s enduring legacy, including letters that cover George W. Bush’s presidency, 9/11, Bush senior’s work with President Clinton to help the victims of natural disasters, and the meaning of friendship and family. All the Best, George Bush “will shed more light on the man’s personal character and public persona than any memoir or biography could” (Publishers Weekly).
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John V

I was skeptical at first, but ended up really enjoying this read.

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William Selph

I really enjoyed the book. I found it never really focused on partisan issues. His use of letter showed his thoughts at the moment, and his interpretation sometimes decades after the fact. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes political books or biographies.

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Anonymous

Thought this would be similar to the Ronald Reagan book, When Character was King. It wasn't. Interesting audiobook "reading" if you're a supporter of George Bush, Sr., but I wouldn't recommend to those not.

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Laurel Cohen

Surprisingly interesting, I was not a fan of Mr. Bush, but I felt very differently about him after hearing his candid letters. Especially meaningful was the way he remembered his little daughter who died of leukemia--even 40 years after her death as he won the nomination for president he was haunted by that memory of her passing on that same day. Having lost a son to the same disease I was very moved--I too still weep for my child. His humanity and compassion, and humor were so evident--a side of the man most of us never saw.

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Anonymous

Great book. The bush family must never throw away any letter that they have ever written. Pres. Bush has been in the center of so much history. WWII, Watergate, CIA, VP, and on and on.

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LPM

A great book if you are a fan of the Bush Family. It is good to get to see the personal side of our public figures.

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