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The Washington Times A book of good grace and humor -- written in a style that, like the author herself, is straightforward, unembellished, generous, good-hearted, and wise...A pleasure.

Maureen Dowd The New York Times Book Review I always felt a poignancy in her story...wickedly funny.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (October 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743254473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743254472
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
First off, I must confess that I do not adhere to the politics of George Bush, Sr. or Jr. That said, I do heartily admire Barbara Bush, a woman of remarkable warmth, grit, and common sense. In the lengthy and wide-reaching memoir we meet Barbara and scores of other people who were significant in her eventful life.

Despite her privileged background, Barbara Bush is an ordinary woman with extraordinary qualities of wisdom and compassion. Both she and her husband were raised in the old New England tradition to make their lives useful and to do good. Throughout these pages, Barbara's dedication to these Puritan ideals shines through.

She is never pompous or ostentatious. You feel that you could sit next to her on a three hour flight and talk companionably with her, and depart from her with your mood lifted. This memoir is the gracefully written account of the life of a gracious lady.
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By A Customer on September 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First of all, this is NOT a biography. Once I digested that, I loved this book and I fell in love with this woman. She is strong, down-to-earth, has her priorities straight, not full of herself, and doesn't have any alterior motives (political or otherwise, unlike some we know) to be a good person and a good first lady. This book provided a perspective on the White House that is interesting, engaging and a joy to read. She is an example to me of a great mother, a great leader and a great human! Thank you Barbara!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. You truly see what it is like to live in the political world. Barbara Bush uses humor and moving stories to show what her life was like in China, New York, Washington, D.C., and Texas. Her positive atitude towards people is truly encouraging. I look up to her.
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Format: Paperback
Ordinarily, this is not the type of book that I would have chosen to purchase or read, but it was given to me as a gift.

With all of the mass media infatuation with the Kennedy family, it is interesting to note that it is the Bush family that may have quietly assumed the position as the greatest American political dynasty since that of the Adamses: Prescott Bush was a United States Senator from Connecticut; his son, George Herbert Walker Bush, a certifiable war hero, relocated to Texas and served in the Congress before becoming Vice President and President; two of his sons, George W. Bush and his brother, Jeb Bush, have served as the governors of Texas and Florida respectively; George W. Bush is completing his second term as President.

Barbara Bush's memoir is a political love story. It is remarkable to see what a great beauty that Mrs. Bush was at the time of her engagement and marriage. When her husband left the oil business to concentrate on politics, Barbara Bush became a valuable political asset. She possessed a sense of humor and steel backbone that allowed her to be a tower of strength when needed. There are some poignant recollections included in the book also: George W. Bush proved to be a great comfort to his mother following the childhood death of one of his siblings. Clearly, he inherited his mother's sense of determination and tenacity.

It would have been interesting to imagine Barbara Bush as president.
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I love this book. Barbara Bush, Ba,r as she is known within the family, comes to life. She is a strong-minded, tart-tongued matriarch. This mother of six (one daughter died at age three) was able to raise her children without much help from her traveling husband while keeping an active schedule of interests in church, charities, etc. and even was an avid tennis player. When George H.W. was nominated for the presidency, she heard one manager say, "What do we do about Barbara?" She made them understand in no uncertain terms that they were not going to make her into the image of doll-like, fashion conscious Nancy Reagan. She likes her white hair and her matronly figure (not so matronly. She was a 14 when she went to to White House and dropped a size or so while there.) After all, she is a grandmother many times over. She is an animal lover and even ghost writes books for her pets. She did a good job in her informal diplomacy among the wives of the other heads of states, even thawing out Raisa Gorbechev.
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By A Customer on October 8, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I was 18 when Bush ran for office in 1988 and that was my first election to vote in. Needless to say, I voted for George Bush. I only wish I would have paid closer attention to his presidency then, because all dignity, grace, and respect left the White House with Barbara and he. Barbara Bush tells the story about a good life with no apologies. Everyone strives for the American dream, but few people enjoy it once they possess it. As a mother of three now, myself, I can appreciate her willingness to love and support her husband and family. I appreciate that she is a self realized person in her own right and was never threatened by, nor felt she had to compete with her husband's success. I loved being introduced to "Bar's" George Bush. Here is a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, and a decent human being. Most of all, I appreciate the words she repeats several times in her book... "In life, we can choose to love what we do or hate it, I choose to love it" This book is very inspiring and should certainly pull the reader out of any depression or slump he may find himself in.
Finally, I will be voting for another George Bush next month!
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