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41: A Portrait of My Father Hardcover – November 11, 2014
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About the Author
George W. Bush is the forty-third President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as Governor of Texas. He and his wife, Laura, live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU. President Bush’s previous book, Decision Points, is the bestselling Presidential memoir of the modern era.
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Didn't know much about George Bush when I started the book, as he was elected a year after I was born and I was too young to remember anything he did. I found his story to be quite remarkable. He was a brave man that took risks many times in his life, from passing up college right out of high school to join the military, to passing up a cushiony job on Wall Street to start anew in West Texas. More than anything, he was a man who relied on the morals his parents taught him and he used those morals during his political days and even passed them down to his children.
George W. Bush did an excellent job blending the political stories in with his own stories of his father. I found myself laughing many times while reading. It was also very interesting to hear the mindset of GHWB as he progressed throughout his political career.
I came away from this book with a newfound respect for 41. He is truly a man of deep character who loves this country and what it stands for. Definitely recommend to all!
I like the Bush's, both George W. (the author) and George H. W. George W. wrote the book because a historian mentioned that only one other time was their a father/son combination in the White House - John and John Quincy Adams and it was ashame that the son John Quincy never wrote a book about his father and the influences on the son. George W. decided he wasn't going to let that happen with his father.
And, this beautifully written book is the result of that effort.
What comes through in the book, were the reasons why George H. W. Bush was such a great president, after all he resided over the fall of the Soviet Union without any fallout (nuclear that is) and ended the Cold War. His steady, unflinching understanding and support of Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union at the time. It could have ended much differently, and history will recognize him for that.
Also, what comes through is the love and support that George H. W. Bush had for his family, including the daughter who died of leukemia at the age of three. The humorous anecdotes are especially worth the read, for anyone who likes the Bushes of course. One that I was reminded of occurred on 9/11/2001 when George W. Bush called his parents and found out they were in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He asked his mother why an his mother said: "George, you grounded our plane!"
The book is full of these humorous anecdotes and for this reason I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it for anyone who can put aside their biases.
However, my opinion of 43 was not so favorable. In fact, it could not be more different than that of his father.
I share this only because I had very low expectations about the quality and presentation of the story. I was very pleased to be wrong.
I had two issues which would normally knock down my rating: The portrait was very biased in sort of a soft Fox news kind of way, and of course, on several occasions 43 used the platform to defend or excuse some of his decisions. But I suppose these are both inevitable. If you think you are buying a fair and balanced or complete portrait, you should think again.
However, it is a fascinating telling complete with fun anecdotes, color characters and a portrait of man that is very interesting learning about.
Although as a balanced portrait this book does not deserve a 5 start rating, 43 surprised me, and I really enjoyed it.