All the Best, George Bush: My Life In Letters and Other Writings

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Scribner, Oct 5, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 640 pages
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The most intimate and revealing look at one of America's most private public figures.

Though reticent in public, George Bush has openly shared his private thoughts in his correspondence throughout his life. Fortunately, since the former president does not plan to write his autobiography, this collection of letters, diary entries, and memos, with his accompanying commentary, will fill that void.

Organized chronologically, the volume begins with eighteen-year-old George's letters to his parents during World War II, when, at the time he was commissioned, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy. Readers will gain insights into Bush's career highlights -- the oil business, his two terms in Congress, his ambassadorship to the U.N., his service as an envoy in China, his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, and of course, the vice presidency, the presidency, and the postpresidency. They will also observe a devoted husband, father, and American. Ranging from a love letter to Barbara and a letter to his mother about missing his daughter Robin after her death from leukemia to a letter to his children two weeks before Nixon's resignation to one written to them just before the beginning of Desert Storm, the writings are remarkable for their candor, humor, and poignancy.

As the Bushes continue to emerge as a major political family, this portrait of its unassuming patriarch is timely and important. That George Bush is allowing this much of the collection to be published is remarkable in itself. All the Best, George Bush provides a surprisingly intimate and insightful portrayal of the forty-first president of the United States.

As the author writes in his Preface: "So what we have here are letters from the past and present. Letters that are light and hopefully amusing. Letters written when my heart was heavy or full of joy. Serious letters. Nutty letters. Caring letters, and rejoicing letters....It's all about heartbeat."

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ALL THE BEST, GEORGE BUSH: My Life in Letters and Other Writings

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The former president presents his autobiography in the form of annotated letters, journal entries, a few speeches, and assorted documents. Like many collections of letters, this one is not uniformly ... Read full review

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User Review  - chellinsky - LibraryThing

As far as presidential memoirs go, this one isn't bad. Rather than attempting to rewrite history, Fmr. President Bush takes a selection of letters from his time as a public servant and publishes them ... Read full review

Contents

GLOSSARY OF NAMES
11
PREFACE
21
Love and War
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About the author (1999)

George Bush, forty-first president of the United States (1989-1993), is the coauthor with Brent Scowcroft of the 1998 critically acclaimed book A World Transformed. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine.

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