41: A Portrait of My Father

41: A Portrait of My Father

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by George W. Bush
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
At its best, the book has the qualities of the younger Mr. Bush's recent and much-talked-about paintings: It's folksy, sharply observed and surprisingly affecting…The most persuasive sections of this book deal not with the political, but with the personal. Mr. Bush's writing doesn't have the earnest charm of his father's letters…or the literary gifts displayed by his wife, Laura, in her memoir…But…this volume comes close to capturing Mr. Bush's distinctive voice—by turns jokey and sentimental, irreverent and sincere.
The New York Times Book Review - Peter Baker
Bush's conversational storytelling makes for engaging reading…Beyond his father's well-known résumé, the book offers a sense of the toll a public life takes on a family, even one as accustomed to the spotlight as the Bushes…For a deeper look into this fascinating relationship, we will probably have to wait for presidential historians…For now, we have a son's loving testimonial…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553447781
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/11/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
101,446
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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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.

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41: A Portrait of my Father 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 135 reviews.
proudUSAFspouse More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming!!! I truly appreciate the love that was put into writing this book. It is full of respect, admiration, and stories that will make you smile. Whether you liked either as President, you cannot deny the historic nature of the father/son presidential experience! Personally, I admire the Bush family and their commitment to our country! BRAVO "43" for sharing your personal insights on "41"!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book. Never before has a U.S. President written a book about his father the U.S. President. It’s a very interesting read. I think republicans will enjoy this book and democrats will scream foul. Being an independent, I’m in the middle. It’s interesting to see George W.’s views of his father.
jack-g More than 1 year ago
I read half the book (second half) in one sitting last night.  I liked it a lot.  In my 62 years I thought George H.W. Bush was the best president with the most capable cabinet.  The 1991-92 post-war recession caught up to him along with H. Ross Perot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was both well written and easy to read. The events in this book are clearly described and the pictures add much to the story. The love between son and father is evident. George W. Bush brings a unique perspective to presidential biographies. After reading this book, my heart swelled with pride to be an American. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, This is a book you won't want to put down! You can feel the emotion that fills these pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Very well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heatwarming & insightful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lovingly written account of George H. W. Bush by his son was an inspiration. I enjoyed getting to know them both a bit better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book about his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
George W. is a very good writer, as demonstrated in Decision Points. Here he takes a very affectionate look at his father. He admits his is not an unbiased view, and that's fine so long as it's clearly acknowledged. There is little discussion of politics or policy; primarily it is an intimate portrait of a person who was clearly a very fine man. It centers on the ways in which he interacted with his family, and the things that molded him and drove him to succeed in business, public service and life in general. It reads well and is engrossing, and by the time you are finished you will know George H. W. Bush very well, and admire him very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book about an exceptional man
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written from the heart. I loved getting to know this upstanding gentleman through the eyes of his son. It only enforced my impression and feelings toward and about George H. W. Bush. It is always enlightening to read the real behind the scenes happenings of our history and to be able to personalize the people and places, the why's and why not's. I can only say to G.W a big Thank You very much for the gift of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick reading and very insightful into his character and compassion for this country and humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful. You will get hooked on the first page and you won't want to put it down until the very last.
Jackie98 More than 1 year ago
This is not a blow by blow, line by line of recitation of History. It is the tribute to the man who was challenged by History and events in his life's journey. A life dedicated to working hard, loving his family and serving his country in many ways. This is well written and very enjoyable to read. As a student of US History and a citizen who has lived through most of the same events, it certainly stirs memories and renews my own devotion to the good that is in our Country, especially in light of current political events. Bush 41 is a man who left things better than he found them and inspired his family to do they same. We are better off for his service and honest hard work. Thank you to this loving son for his perspective and honesty in sharing hard and good times in relation to his family's contribution to the USA!
MikeStorm More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read!
Suzie_Q44 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very enlightening with an inside view of the President & how he thought. I enjoyed it very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very entertaining and the deluxe copy was exceptional. Very presidential. I would advise you to get the deluxe edition if you can. Having a book about a president written by another president and signed is something I will cherish.
Ss9 More than 1 year ago
A book written by President Bush (W) about President Bush (H.W.). As the President says it isn't nonbias. It is a love story. I thought I knew most of 41s story but I learned much more about the man, the husband, and the father. A very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable and quick read from a son about his father!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful tribute from a son to a father, and from one USA President to another. Introspective, and revealed the good character of George H. W. Bush, as the man himself was be too circumspect to reveal. It brings renewed respect to the office when both Presidents Bush occupied the White House.
almosttoobusytoread More than 1 year ago
Interesting read about a classy individual
jbm More than 1 year ago
This was a great book!
meeve01 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent portrait of George H. W. Bush, and reads almost like a love story. Beautiful!