Barbara Bush: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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Barbara Bush endures as one of America's most popular First Ladies. She has won worldwide acclaim for her wit, compassion, and candor as both a presidential wife and mother. In this #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Mrs. Bush offers a heartfelt portrait of her life in and out of the White House, from her small-town schoolgirl days in Rye, New York, to her fateful union with George H.W. Bush, to her role as First Lady of the United States. Here, she writes candidly about:

• her early years with George Bush in West Texas

• the tragic death of her young daughter

• the world of Washington politics and the famous figures she's met

• her role as the nation's leading literacy champion

• her feelings about the Iran-Contra scandal, the Persian Gulf conflict, and the Cold War

• the disappointment of the 1992 presidential campaign -- and the mixed blessing of regaining her private life

...and much more. Filled with entertaining anecdotes, dozens of personal photographs, and a healthy dose of humor, this memoir is as compelling and honest as the former First Lady herself.
 

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User Review  - lucymaesmom - LibraryThing

What an interesting life (and an interesting read). Wondered at first why she didn't write more about George W but realized that when she wrote the memoir he was just another one of their kids and ... Read full review

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User Review  - lunza - LibraryThing

What was fascinating about this book is what she didn't say. Like about George W. getting arrested for drunk driving. She said very little about the S&L scandal too, and mostly it boiled down to "Not ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Growing Up
5
Love and War
16
Striking Out on Our Own
30
Robin
39
Oh the Glamorous World of Politics
50
A Different World
64
The United Nations
80
The First 100 Days
267
Whirlwind First Year
293
Flying Chain Saws
329
The Storm Before the Storm
358
Desert Storm
390
Of Cabbages and Queens
415
Back Forth and Ups Downs
452
The Campaign
482

Surviving Watergate
98
China
108
Keeping Secrets
134
Hitting the Campaign Trail
145
Around the World and Back
161
The Poet Laureate Retired
196
The 1988 Campaign
222
Please Guide and Guard Us
251
One Last Time
507
A New Beginning
523
Appendix A
541
Appendix B
543
Appendix C
546
Appendix D
551
Index
553
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About the author (2010)

Barbara Bush was the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is the honorary chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the author of C. Fred's Story and the New York Times number-one bestseller Millie's Book. This memoir, like those books, was written by Mrs. Bush herself. She lives in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine.

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