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My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush Hardcover – October 6, 2006
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Hmmm, how do you go about it? Where do you start?
Then add one small complication: Your father has been President of the United States.
Doro Bush Koch took on this unprecedented task, surely an offer she could not refuse. Her solution is to write a daughter's-eye portrait of the man and to leave the pontificating about events and policies largely to those actually involved in such things. Her book gives as much space to doormen, cooks and butlers as it does to the likes of Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev.
No one will be surprised that the former President emerges as a devoted family man, upright, honest and fun-loving. Even his political opponents join in the chorus. George H. W. Bush, now 82 years old and rather lightly regarded by political historians, has inspired an affectionate brief in his own defense.
Doro (her actual name is Dorothy, but the family adopted the shorter form early on) went about her job with zest and efficiency. Her list of interviewees runs to 133 names, and another 167 people sent comments by letter. Half or more of her text consists of verbatim excerpts from their responses.
One could hardly expect a balanced appraisal, given the circumstances of the book's creation. Once you concede that point, the book earns a place on your bookshelf by its folksy personal tone. Doro shows genuine affection for her father, excusing his personality quirks and giving him the benefit of every doubt.
The policy wonks she contacted, friends and enemies alike, praise his good qualities and tend to applaud his performance as President.Read more ›
Anyway, "My Father, My President" is written by the daughter of a famous man, who happened to serve 8 years as Vice President and 4 years as President, among other public service positions. President Bush 41 has made it very plain that he will not write his memoirs, as most Presidents have rushed to do when they're out of office. Dorothy, or Doro, his daughter, has put together her recollections along with those of hundreds of President Bush's family, friends, political friends/foes, etc. She has not delved deeply into politics and I don't think that was her intention.
I've read a lot about many presidents and thought this might be like the others, but My Father, My President is a very interesting read, and her observations and insights into her father do not vary much from what others have written of President Bush 41.
If you enjoy a good read, put your personal politics aside and spend time with My Father, My President.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very nice book! All the informations described about China is so true and I really understand where the bush family come from. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paige Dimaio
I read My Father, My President at the same time as I read "41" by "43"! I strongly recommend the experience. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Beatrice Knauf
A wonderful read as could be told only by a daughter about her Dad - a very special and delightful text.Published 18 months ago by Nancy
Please! Stop writing books about the Bush family. This family has caused more damage to this country than
any enemy of this country. Read more