George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President.
Forty-three men have served as President of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a President told the story of his father, another President, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush's life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and President. The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family. In addition, George W. Bush discusses his father's influence on him throughout his own life, from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
GEORGE W. BUSH is the 43rd President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as Governor of Texas. He and his wife, Laura, now live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. President Bush's previous book, Decision Points, is the bestselling Presidential memoir of all time.
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.
The other 2,000+ reviews have already said it all, but I'd like to add on to the pack by expressing how much this book touched my heart. George H.W. Bush was already my favorite president for who he was and is as a person, and also his impressive resume in which he worked so hard to accomplish each point through his own determination and merit (despite coming from a prominent family), but George W. Bush shares with us a side of his father that we would not have otherwise known. An all-American man with the values that comprise the very foundation of this great country, undying patriotism, genuine respect and loyalty to his family, colleagues, and even opponents. In junior high, I had written a report on the upcoming election of Clinton vs. Bush, and to this day, I look up to this great man, and after reading this book, I consider him one of the best human beings our country and the world has known. Sure, that may be a bold statement, but it is not easy to find a person with the combination of his accomplishments, humility, loyalty, and good heart.