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

Abridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 1999

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


Though reticent in public, George Bush has openly shared his private thoughts in his correspondence throughout his life. Fortunately, since the former president does not plan to write his autobiography, this collection of letters, diary entries, and memos, with his accompanying commentary, will fill that void.

Organized chronologically, the volume begins with eighteen-year-old George's letters to his parents during World War II when, at the time he was commissioned, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy. Listeners will gain insights into Bush's career highlights -- the oil business, his two terms in Congress, his ambassadorship to the U N., his service as an envoy in China, his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, and of course, the vice presidency, the presidency, and the postpresidency.

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 two weeks before Nixon's resignation, to one written to them just before the beginning of Desert Storm, the writings are remarkable for their candor, humor and poignancy.

As the Bushes continue to emerge as a major political family, this portrait of its unassuming patriarch is timely and important. That George Bush is allowing this much of the collection to be published is remarkable in itself. All the Best, George Bush provides a surprisingly intimate and insightful portrayal of the forty-first president of the United States.


  • John V

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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