My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush

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Written By: Doro Bush Koch

Narrated By: Marianne Fraulo

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: October 2013

Duration: 25 hours 22 minutes

Summary:

When George H. W. Bush asked Doro to write this memoir, she contacted hundreds of his friends and associates; conducted scores of interviews with dignitaries including Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and General Colin Powell; tapped the memories of family members, including her mother, her four brothers, and of course, her father himself; and collected information from the former president's never-before-released files. Now for the first time, a complete portrait of George H. W. Bush emerges. Doro reveals her father as a young man courting his future wife, Barbara, and how the death of their first daughter brought them closer. Doro tells how they raised five children through much of her father's long and storied career in public service, and offers details about this tenures as head of the Republication National Committee during Watergate, ambassador to the U.N., America's liaison to China, and vice president for eight years under Ronald Reagan. Doro also provides an insider's look at how the 41st president dealt with crises and challenges, all while keeping his humor and personality intact, and how he still does so while aiding victims of the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. She shows how he felt when two of his sons entered politics - and when his eldest made it to the top - and sheds new light on his friendship with former rival Bill Clinton.

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  • Anonymous

    This was the best book I have read (or listened to) in a very long time. I am only 23 years old, so I had little recollection of H.W.'s presidency. After seeing him speak about a year ago, I became more intrigued. This book gives a personal look at H.W., his career, and his presidency. The book is written by his daughter, Dora Bush Koch and she is able to tell an intimate story about her famous father. She does an excellent job of beginning with his days at Yale all the way through his retirement. Good read if you are a fan of H.W. or just want to read about the private life of a former president.