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41: A Portrait of My Father Hardcover – November 11, 2014
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President 41 is at heart, a decent, kind, family man. Not so much a partisan politician at all. That makes it all the more surprising that George H.W. Bush ever became a president. A few sections of the book I thought were really special. I really love the picture of President 41 in the plane, "Barbara III." My second favorite picture was 41 meeting Babe Ruth. I had no idea that 41 was president of the Yale baseball team.
Another fascinating section is his time at the CIA. "George Bush cared deeply about the CIA's mission and people. He found the work fascinating; his inquisitive nature was sated by the agency's cadre of brilliant agents. Remarkably, in just one year, he developed a strong bond with the people of the CIA. " And, "True to his word, dad stayed out of out of politics throughout his time at the CIA. "
41: A PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER is first of all, a story of a son's affection for his father. If you really dislike the Bush family, then it's doubtful this book will change your attitude. Much of this book is actually not even about politics--it's about family events, relations among the siblings, and the interaction between the two men. Even though 41 is not primarily a political book, there are still some very juicy, intriguing political historical notes. The events surrounding the resignation of Richard M. Nixon are perhaps the most interesting--at least to me.Read more ›
Bush suffered losses. He lost several elections. He lost fellow warriors when he served in World War II. He and Mrs. Bush lost a young daughter, Robin. Shortly before she died, she told her father, "I love you more than tongue can tell." The malapropism survived. Apparently, malapropism is congenital in the Bush family.
George Bush is always self-effacing. Given his upbringing, it is difficult to determine if this is how he was nurtured or his true nature. He is not given to lashing out at others in anger. Better to remain silent in the face of disaster or defeat, or be self-deprecating in an embarrassing situation. Bill Clinton defeated George Bush when he ran for a second Presidential term, yet they became friends. They traveled together and made television appearances and public service announcements to facilitate humanitarian efforts following natural disasters. And when Bush had that unfortunate reversal right in the lap of the Prime Minister of Japan, with cameras rolling, he made a joke at his own expense, then recombombulated himself. The world stopped and giggled at him, but he has true grit, and so does his wife.
George W. Bush is a decent artist and writes with casual elegance, a box of Kleenex near his right hand, and tongue firmly planted in his cheek. This is not an unbiased work. It is a biography written both from facts and from his heart.Read more ›
The early years were fascinating, and there are quite a number of pictures to flesh out the writing. Let's be honest, this is not a "warts and all" retelling. What son would do that to his own father. It's written in a breezy style and, apparently, there were no "ghost" or "co-writers" involved. That's refreshing for a book by a political figure.
People who admire the Bush family are going to like this book, and those that detest them are going to hate it. That may be reflected in some of the reviews, for it's quite possible that reviews on both sides of the scale are entered by folks who haven't read the book. I have read it, and intend to pass it around to others in my family so that they can understand the life of a quite extraordinary man, and the writing talent (and love of his father) of his son.
Hearing the audible format was my first audio book experience and hearing a man I adore and respect so much being the one reading it was truly a delight. This is a book about family, not politics and that makes it a treasure beyond expression. Family is everything and this family is one I can only wish I had even a crumb of what they did, do and share all with such Love.
Father & Son relationships........Father & Daughter relationships are both ones to hold in your heart forever and pass those memories down to our own children. Beautifully done, Mr. President and Crown Publishing. It's absolutely stunning!! Many thanks to Amazon as well. This book meant the world to me and they went far and beyond to help me cancel pre-orders etc., So I could afford to get this edition. I'll be replacing those pre-orders asap, but for now and with the help I got, it is a gift and it wouldn't have happened without Amazon's help.Read more ›
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Beautiful tribute to a life well lived, as a father, husband, grandparent, and true American public servant. Read morePublished 15 days ago by JH in NC
I am still reading it, so far it's a 4 star, it is really good readingPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very nice tribute to his dad. I got this as a gift for my mother. She really enjoyed it as well.Published 1 month ago by Valerie Jacoby
Amazing story of a young man that takes the road less traveled in every chapter of his life. I learned a lot about what it means to never give up, be a leader and keep on giving it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grant A. McGarry