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All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings Hardcover – 5 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 717 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company; Updated edition (5 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476731160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476731162
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Meacham "Newsweek" An unusual glimpse of the private thoughts of a public figure --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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George Bush, forty-first president of the United States (1989-1993, is the co-author with Brent Scowcroft of the 1998 critically acclaimed book A World Transformed. He and his wife Barbara, live in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 7 Oct. 1999
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This is an intriguing and enticing look at former President George Bush through five plus decades of letters and diaries. The writings demonstrate that Mr. Bush's personal life mirror his public demeanor as a quiet, uncomplicated individual who strongly believes in family values. The entries include impressions of world leaders of the past two decades, adding to the interest.

Anyone seeking dirty laundry and partisan politics needs to skip this memoir. Instead, Mr. Bush treats everyone except the nagging press as a friend. The book serves as a refreshing look inside the guts of the former President as well as how he perceived some of his colleagues and events on the world stage. Fans of autobiographies, the American presidency, and American history will gain much pleasure from this memoir that is much more interesting than the sanitized version of greatness that many of the modern day autobiographies present. Mr. Bush shows his pride of simply being Mr. Bush.

Harriet Klausner
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George H. W. Bush shows us his life by sharing the details. This book's strength comes from the small moments of the author's family life, military experience, and public service. The sixteen chapters are composed almost entirely of selected letters that George Bush wrote to other people, accompanied by a few lines of background about each. There is an intimacy to this collection that would not remain had the letters been edited into a narrative. Readers can hear this former president's voice and judge if it rings true.

George Bush has an understated sense of humor only rarely seen by the public during his presidency. A few examples:
- He brought in Dana Carvey to "play" him at a White House staff meeting.
- A serious memo to President Reagan ends with the "blind man" joke.
- Awarding a "Scowcroft Award" to anyone who falls asleep in a Cabinet meeting then makes a brilliant recovery upon awakening.
- "Being called dishonest by Bill Clinton is like being called ugly by a frog."
- "Mikhail--I want you to have this first message that I have ever sent to a foreign leader on my new computer..."

George Bush is also a decent man, who values his friends and lives his values. This seems particularly clear as we read about:
- The letters he wrote to the families of soldiers who died fighting for their country
- His deep disappointment in Richard Nixon over Watergate and their continuing friendship afterward
- His restraint when dealing with a press corps "...more hateful than I can ever recall in modern times.
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