All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other WritingsHardback
- Publisher: Scribner Book Company
- Format: Hardback | 717 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 56mm | 1,021g
- Publication date: 5 March 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1476731160
- ISBN 13: 9781476731162
- Edition statement: Updated ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white halftones
- Sales rank: 1,187,806
Though reticent in public, George Bush openly shared his private thoughts in correspondence throughout his life. This collection of letters, diary entries, and memos is the closest we'll ever get to an autobiography. 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 to China, his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, and of course, the vice presidency, the presidency, and the post-presidency. 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. This new edition includes new letters and photographs that cover the last fifteen years, highlighting the Bush family's enduring influence on history and including letters that cover topics such as George W. Bush's presidency, 9/11, Bush senior's work with President Clinton to help the victims of natural disasters, and the meaning of friendship and family. "All the Best, George Bush "provides a memorable, surprisingly intimate, and insightful portrayal of the forty-first president of the United States.
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"The travelogue of an observant man with much mettle and an open heart.... His writings cover affairs of state and affairs of spaniels on equal footing. He is modest and gracious. But these short takes on a long life reveal an underlying, consistent sense of duty to office, family and mortality."--Jennifer Harper "The Washington Post "