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41 : a portrait of my father
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
[Large print edition]
Publication Information:
New York : Random House Large Print, [2014]
Physical Description:
xii, 449 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, color, black-and-white ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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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.

Author Notes

George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut to George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States and Barbara Pierce Bush. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University in 1968. After college, he enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant, and gaining certification to fly the F-102 jet fighter. He remained in the Air National Guard until 1973.

In the early 70's, he worked on various United States Senate campaigns for Republican candidates in Florida and Alabama. He also worked for a firm that specialized in large scale agricultural operations and as part of a student mentor program for children in inner city Houston. He received a M. B. A. from Harvard Business School in 1975. He started an independent oil-exploration company called Arbusto Energy Incorporated, which eventually joined Spectrum 7, where Bush became Chairman. In 1986, Spectrum 7 was folded into Harken Energy Corp., and Bush served as a consultant and a member of the Board of Directors.

In 1987, Bush served as the campaign advisor for his father's run at the presidency. He also held the position of liaison to the media, as well as conservative and Christian leaders. In 1989, he purchased a small interest in the Texas Rangers baseball team, eventually becoming a managing general partner and serving as the public spokesperson for the ownership group. He became the Governor of Texas in 1994. He became the 43rd President of the United States and served from 2001 to 2009.

Since leaving the White House, he has written several books including Decision Points and 41: A Portrait of My Father.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Former president Bush brings an unassuming and straightforward delivery to the audio edition of his new biography of his father. The title provides a unique vantage point of public life and the presidency, as a son draws on his own later experiences in providing context for a dad's journey. Bush has never been known for polished oratory or diction, and his delivery of certain phrases may not always flow together seamlessly. Yet his easy personal manner consistently projects warmth and approachability. The stirring presentation of the father-son bond during the joy of electoral victories and the pain of defeats is especially memorable. Listeners discouraged by the current climate of partisan polarization in Washington will appreciate the conciliatory tones toward the family's political rivals, including a touching correspondence between the elder Bush and Geraldine Ferraro, the late congresswoman and 1984 vice-presidential nominee. These types of exchanges-while not denying the spirited and competitive nature of modern American politics as practiced by the Bush family-offer a measure of grace and civility that will appeal to a wide spectrum of history buffs and political junkies. A Crown hardcover. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.