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George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993 Hardcover – December 10, 2007


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  • Series: The American Presidents
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 1st edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805069666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805069662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Timothy Naftali is the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, having previously served as director of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia. He is the coauthor of Khrushchev's Cold War and One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964, and the author of Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism. He lives in Los Angeles.

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All in all, a good depiction of the man and his presidency.
Steven A. Peterson
Only bad part was author seemed to run out of things to say and spent too much time on George W.'s presidency.
Robert Stocker
I've read a few of the books in this series so far and I think this is one of the better ones.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2008
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This book, authored by Timothy Naftali, ends with the following comment (Page 176): "George W. Bush's controversial presidency led to a positive reassessment of his father's time in the White House. . . .[M]any missed the elder Bush's realism, his diplomacy, his political modesty, and, yes, even his prudence."

George H. W. Bush was a one term president who presided over the end of the Cold War. This slender biography, another entry in The American Presidents series, provides a useful biography of the 41st president of the United States. The book begins with his childhood and youth, culminating in his estimable service in the Navy's air wing, including being shot down in the Pacific. Upon his return to the United States, Bush entered Yale and, upon graduation, became a businessman who did well, after moving from New England to Texas.

In Texas, Bush became interested in politics, and public service consumed him until the end of his presidency. He was ambitious from the start of his career. He had successes (election to the House of Representatives) and failures (defeat in a Senate race). He became a person respected by his Republican Party leaders, and served in a number of important roles, from Director of the CIA, Ambassador to the U. N., Chair of the Republican National Committee, and head of the U. S. diplomatic post in the People's Republic of China.

After his China tour, he began thinking about the presidency. It didn't work out in 1980 (Ronald Reagan simply did a better job as candidate); however, he got quite a consolation prize--Vice President. Then, the tale of his campaign to become President in 1988.

Once elected, he displayed prudence. He ran into trouble when he backed off his "Read my lips; no new taxes" promise from the 1988 campaign.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on April 26, 2008
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This was not a strict biography of the entire life of George H. W. Bush. The author. Timothy Naftali, gave brief information about President Bush's family background, military service and early career and of course how he came into public life. Most of the book centered on the challenges that President Bush faced during his years of presidential service and how his early experiences influenced the decisions that he made at a very difficult time in the history of the world.

President Bush was at the helm during the period when the Cold War ended and the people of the Eastern European countries were throwing off the shackles of years of enforced communist rule. The author states that "Poland was the scene of the first dramatic change. In February 1989 Solidarity was legalized and Lech Walesa entered into talks with the Communist government to prepare for a new electoral system."

President Bush's diplomatic relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev was good which was helpful in negotiating peaceful resolutions to some of the many problems which surfaced as the Cold War was ending. The nonviolent reunification of East and West Germany was also accredited to the President's intervention. A few years later in 1991, his diplomacy helped to garner a coalition of united forces that joined together to defeat Saddam Hussein's take over of Kuwait.

On the home front, the President was not particularly popular. The American people found him difficult to understand. In some ways his aristocratic coolness turned many people off and within the Republican Party, he did not have the strong backing that President Reagan had experienced. The election promise that President Bush made when he ran for office was, "Read my lips--no new taxes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. C Sheehy on April 17, 2009
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I have to say that I found Timothy Naftali's work to be interesting. He did provide a broad brush overview of Bush 41 but did not really give us any insights that couldn't be gleaned from other people's memoir's. It would seem to me that he read what Bob Woodward, Colin Powell, Norman Schwartzcroft and company had to say and simply gleaned off his own interpretation. Granted I don't think the books in this series are supposed to be of tremendous relevance for the more recent presidents, but I certainly hope that for future generations they can provide details on the lesser known ones.

I think this is an interesting and very light read but it does tend in my opinion to reinforce the notion that George H.W. Bush was as much an observer of history than a participant. He was the guy who just happened to be sitting in the Oval Office when this stuff happened and his presence really didn't have that much to do with the rapid changes in the world at the time and quite the opposite, he nearly prevented them from happening. Anyway it's an interesting afternoon read, but don't expect to come away very impressed with Bush 41.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.M.F. on June 6, 2013
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This book was a good read that showed no bias towards this former president. After reading you will have a higher opinion of Bush 1. Hopefully history will rate him better as this book portrays him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 2, 2012
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George H.W. Bush (b. 1924) served a single term as the 41st president from 1989 -- 1993. His son, George W. Bush, served two terms as the 43d president. In his short 2007 biography written as part of the American Presidents series, Timothy Naftali, the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and a widely published historian, offers an overview of the elder Bush. References in this review will be to the first President Bush.

It is difficult to gain perspective on a presidency as recent as that of Bush. Naftali does his short history well, making careful, measured judgments and drawing on a good collection of source material, including Bush's diaries. The picture of Bush that emerges is of an individual who had pursued the presidency throughout almost his entire adult life in a not always admirable manner. When he achieved his goal at last, Bush grew in the office. In a restrained, cautious way, Bush played a major role in the end of the Cold War and in the break-up of the Soviet Union. Bush also acted prudently and successfully in the first American war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein following the invasion of Kuwait. He also successfully prosecuted a shorter, less well-remembered war in Panama. In these actions, Bush worked hard for bipartisan consensus and largely succeeded.

Bush's domestic policies were considerably less successful. But, as Naftali shows, the president worked here as well for consensus. Upon assuming office, Bush was faced with the bankruptcy of the nation's savings and loan associations which required and extensive, budget-breaking bailout.
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