America's forty-third president, George W. Bush, presided over eight of the most dramatic years in recent history, from the 9/11 attacks early in his administration to the worldwide economic crisis of 2008. By his side, recording every event from the momentous to the intimate, was his personal White House photographer, Eric Draper. From a collection of nearly one million photographs, Draper has selected more than one hundred images of President Bush that portray both the public figure and the private man.
Front Row Seat presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the presidency of George W. Bush. Through Draper's lens, we follow Bush through moments of crisis that called for strong leadership, such as 9/11; emotional meetings with troops in war zones, wounded soldiers at home, and Katrina survivors; and happy, relaxed times with his wife Laura, daughters Barbara and Jenna, and parents President George H. W. and Barbara Bush. We also see Bush at work within his inner circle of trusted advisors, including Vice President Richard Cheney, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Capturing moments that reveal the essence of the man, Front Row Seat is an irreplaceable portrait of George W. Bush.
About the Author
The longest-serving Chief White House Photographer and the first to document two full terms, Eric Draper covered George W. Bush for the entire eight years of his presidency. He was also named Special Assistant to the President. During his tenure, Draper directed the photographic and archival conversion of the White House Photo Office from film to digital. Prior to joining the White House, he was West Regional Enterprise Photographer for the Associated Press and had also worked as a staff photographer for the Seattle Times, Pasadena Star-News, and Albuquerque Tribune. He is currently a freelance political, corporate, editorial, and wedding photographer.
Table of Contents
- Foreword by George W. Bush
- 1. The Beginning
- 2. Life in the Bubble
- 3. Family
- 4. The Western White House
- 5. 9/11
- 6. War President
- 7. To the World
- 8. Sprint to the Finish
- Photographer's Notes and Captions
What People are Saying About This
"Read this book to become a fly on the wall to history."
"Nothing captures history like great photography. In his role as White House photographer, Eric Draper carried on the great tradition of vividly documenting history as it unfolded before us. Whether covering events like 9/11 or President Bush interacting with AIDs orphans in Africa, Eric’s photos always recorded the moments that mattered."
"Eric Draper’s Front Row Seat is a personal and poignant look behind the curtain of the George W. Bush presidency. The photographs are evidence of the keen and unrelenting eye of an experienced photojournalist."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love George W and all the Bush's, a great American Family. Saw Dana Perrino hold the book up on "Five at Five" a Fox program, and ordered it right then. Wonderful photography, by Eric Draper, loved the writings with the pictures. He captured the heart and soul of our President, wish he was still in the White House, we need him and Laura to calm our country. This book is done so tastefully, and yet there are funny pictures in it. I will be giving this book as Christmas presents, as I think music and books enlighten our being. If you want a great coffee table book or a book to add to your library this is it. It's beautiful, thank you Mr Draper you made one American proud to own your pictures.
Family photos and places I wasn't aware they had been. Beautiful pictures from Airforce One and in the White House! Great keepsake cocktail size book!
As a very big fan of President George W. Bush, I have been anticipating the arrival of this book for some time. It is beyond my expectation in the quality of the photographs, the candor and touching sincerity in each of the photos. It is a treasure chest of wonderful memories of a wonderful man and a wonderful President!!!
eric draper was the photographer for president george w bush and he has shared some amazing and historical photos that I have never seen for the very first time it has given me a wonderful impression of the bush white house this book brings out the carisma in this world leader. also recamended: decision points by george w bush, a charge to keep by george w bush, ten minutes from normal by karen hughes, God and george w bush by paul kengor,the tea party goes to washington by rand paul, goverment bullies by rand paul after the game by norman c chastain
At first we were taken aback by the lack of captions for each photo (only a location). We paged through the entire book and were moved by each one. Then we discovered the captions in the back of the book and with a small photo adjacent. And we really like that! We both discussed it, and we determined that the editors were right to allow us to just study the photos, the faces, the gestures, the characters, the location (without really knowing it). By concentrating on the photos themselves (and, after all, that's what this book is all about), we could draw our own conclusions, shed our own tears, rejoice in the friendships and other relationships without the need for more explanation at that moment. Yet it's all there for the history when we want it. A really beautiful book by a really professional photographer with a lot of inside knowledge.
Was this photographer paid by tax payer money, where as the normal media photographers took pictures for free?