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All The Best

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Barbara Bush, George Bush

Narrated By: George Bush, Barbara Bush

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2003

Duration: 6 hours 37 minutes

Summary:

In lieu of a memoir, All the Best, George Bush collects correspondence and diary entries from the former U.S. president to show, as he says, "what my own heartbeat is, what my values are, what has motivated me in life." The letters begin in 1942--when, fresh out of high school, Bush volunteered for U.S. Navy flight school--and continue to the brink of the 21st century, as the retired chief executive worries about the Melissa virus infecting his office's server and keeping his visiting grandchildren in line. ("I realize," he muses, "Keep the freezer door closed from now on and I mean it lacks the rhetorical depth of This will not stand or Read my lips.") All the Best hits all the highlights of Bush's career, from the Texas oil business to his role as ambassador to China, then CIA director, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and finally president himself. Along the way, he reveals a personality that is at turns compassionate, respectful, silly, doting, and resolute--a man for whom being a father and a grandfather matters as much as, and maybe even more than, being leader of the free world. Fans and detractors alike will find in All the Best an intimate human portrait that offers as sure a self-definition of Bush's personal life as A World Transformed did his presidential career.

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  • 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.