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George and Laura: Portrait of an American Marriage Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (October 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066213703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066213705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Andersen [delivers] White House secrets of the heart." -- Washington Post

"Andersen’s insights can be as sharp as his details." -- Newsweek

"[The book] gives us the real George W., warts and all." -- Buffalo News

Their story is one that Americans can take stock in - and feel good about leadership and values again. -- Bookreporter.com

[The book] gives us the real George W., warts and all. -- Buffalo News

About the Author

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-three books that have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide.A former contributing editor of Time and senior editor of People, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including Life and the New York Times.

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The story of his love for Laura is heartwarming and wonderful.
Vivienne Seaman
I really learned a great deal about the Bush family from this book, and I felt that it was a fair and unbiased biography of George and Laura Bush.
Judith Miller
Anyway, if you want a presidential grunt and sniff fest for you very own bedroom then this is the book for you.
Emma Peel

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I did not want to like them...in fact I am ambivalent about their politics, but this book made them seem real and remarkably likeable.All the trials in their lives brought them to this place in time and they have become superb role models. Once again, Andersen has written a book that is so engrossing you can't put it down!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Whilst certain reviews seem to have been entered here simply to attract sales for forthcoming books, I feel it right to redress the balance and enter a review that refers specfically to Andersen's work.
Writing a doctorate thesis at Oxford University on American Politics from 1950-present, has giving me the opportunity to study a wide variety of secondary and primary sources.
I am not one to give praise freely, but this work has finally put a missing piece in the puzzle. Andersen's masterful reconstruction of the Bush marriage has provided a sensitive yet penetrating account of the characterisitics required to obtain the presidency.
This book offers a unique insight into the Bush marriage and how their private lives have effected their decisions on the national stage: it is a must for any serious scholar or simply for those with an interest in the human condition.
It is a breath of fresh air to find a book that one is willing to continue reading outside of the library.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Anthony on November 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Regardless of where you stand politically, Christopher Andersen's portrait of President George W. Bush and his wife and balance wheel, Laura, will inform and fascinate.
For this reader, who did not vote for Mr. Bush, but who wanted to know more about him, Andersen's "George and Laura" creates a remarkable amount of understanding and in a number of instances, a generous amount of justified sympathy. The political road to the presidency travelled by George W. Bush was a short one, remarkably short-less than seven years in elective office.
And it's clear from Andersen's reporting that there were a number of chances for him to go off the political road into a ditch. Without Laura by his side it easily could have happened. In short, Bush never would have been a contender without her, and as Andersen surmises, Laura Bush continues to be a sounding board, critic and advisor.
The author says of his own wife in the acknowlegments section, "...no one is more deserving of my gratitude (not to mention my love) than Valerie, my wife, partner, and best friend for thirty years." George W. Bush no doubt could say the same about his Laura.
"George and Laura" is a fascinating read, and like everything Andersen takes on (my wife and I are fans of his), it is very well written, researched and a page-turner. Enjoy it.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I suppose it is indicative of the times that we live in that the marriage of President George W. Bush and the First Lady is the subject of a book less than two years after they moved into the White House. However, it is refreshing to look at a solid partnership like this one after the endless tales that were news fodder with the previous First Couple.
There are no great surprises in GEORGE AND LAURA. The drama of the administration immediately preceding this one --- mysteriously convenient deaths, defensive secrets transferred to enemies of this country, the clandestine rendezvous with interns on the Presidential Seal --- is gone. George and Laura Bush are...boring. The most interesting tidbit in GEORGE AND LAURA is that George, during his misspent youth, served as a dinner escort for...Tricia Nixon.
Sure there was tragedy in both of their pasts --- the death of his sister and the accidental death of her friend, but none of this is news to most readers. And yes, the background on each of their families that opens the book succinctly fills in gaps for anyone who has not studied their world, but none of what we read is earth-shattering revelation.
To his credit, Andersen tries to liven things up; the tales told in GEORGE AND LAURA would be far less interesting in the hands of a lesser writer. But there's not much in the way of explosions, karate, and ripped bodices here. Yes the First Couple has trouble with their teenage daughters, but to anyone with a teenager in the house, this is hardly novel. George is an alcoholic, in recovery some 15 years now. His wayward youth is recounted in some detail, and it is impossible to read about his behavior in his younger days without noting that the immediate past president behaved in a similar manner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Naegele on November 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Unlike "Laura" by Antonia Felix -- which is shallow, and "borrows" from newspaper clippings -- "George and Laura" is beautifully written from beginning to end. It never loses its punch, and provides a wonderful portrait of two special people, "warts" and all -- especially in the case of "W." in his earlier years.
Buy it; you will not be disappointed.
T.D. Naegele
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on November 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've read most of Mr. Andersen's popular biographies with pleasure: they generally reveal and synthesize the interesting details that flesh out the most celebrated people of our times. "George and Laura" surpassed my expectations!
While George was not my choice for president (I admit to being a third-party liberal), I was comforted by the personal side of him and was very impressed by Laura's inner strength. I still don't agree with GW's politics, but Mr. Andersen has given me an excellent sense of our First Family.
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