Destiny and Power

Destiny and Power

The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Large Print - 2015
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He was the last of a kind, and his rise, his fall, and his rebirth in the twilight of his life offers a window on a great deal of American history.' Meacham creates an intimate and detailed life story of a man whom many know only through his politics, or from a distance. From interviews and exclusive access to Bush's presidential diaries, Meacham brings Bush and the great American family he came from, vividly to life, beginning with the family's story working in a tool company in the Midwest in the late 1800's and on through George H.W. Bush's childhood in Connecticut, his heroic service in World War II, his decision to strike out on his own and try to create an oil business in Texas, to his political rise to be congressman, ambassador to the U.N., head of the CIA, vice president, then president, and the only man since John Adams to see his son become president. Written with Meacham's trademark compelling narration and historical depth and contemporary insight, this stunning biography reveals the unusual self-reflections, as well as the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation who pursued a life of service as a guardian of America in the way of Eisenhower, and was one of the last gentlemen in our political world.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print in association with Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House, c2015.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780804194945
Branch Call Number: BUSH LP B
Characteristics: xxx, 1422 p. (large print) : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 20, 2018

If one wants to really know about the Bush family, they should read "Family of Secrets" by Russ Baker. It just might cause such a revelation that they would start looking at the world and listening to the mass media differently.

Feb 02, 2018

As noted by Meacham, the opinion of George H. W. Bush's presidency has vastly improved since he left office. While this might be due in part to comparisons with his son George W. Bush's polarizing two terms, after reading this comprehensive sweep of Bush 41's life, I would say that what people really miss about the period was his lack of partisanship and "hot rhetoric", which was antithetical to his character. George H. W. Bush was not a man with a vision, but the country- and the world- benefited from someone who was able to maintain calm and patience while dramatic, historic events were unfolding all around him.

May 03, 2016

George H. W. Bushes life

Jan 26, 2016

Ah, a real bio would have been most welcome: on the Walker side, their money came from being slave traders - - on the Bush side, they were favored by the Rockefeller family, which owned Buckeye Steel Castings [Frank Rockefeller], where a senior Bush was successful [wonder if they had anything to do with blowing up those competitors' refineries for the Rockefellers?] - - George H.W. Bush's grandfather was the first president, and one of the founding members of the most anti-worker organization ever, the National Association of Manufacturers [NAM].
There has always been either a Walker or Bush at Goldman Sachs? Most interesting. Prescott Bush was important in covering up Bush's desertion of his fellow aircrew, bailing out and leaving them to die while in WWII. Also at the beginning of WWII, the Union Banking Corporation, of which Prescott Bush was a senior executive and director, would have ALL their assets confiscated by the government under the Trading With the Enemies Act - - they transferred gold and other assets for the Nazis!

Dec 25, 2015

It was interesting to be reminded of events in the past and Bush 41's part in it. I think he sometimes looked through rose-colored glasses--especially where Bush 43 was concerned. Of course, he is the father and it's hard to judge one's child objectively. The first chapter about earlier generations was a little "gagging". All the nicknames, like Bucky, and Pressy. I expected to hear someone was called Buffy or Muffy. Their's was a well-to-do family with servants and expectations and entitlements due. Most women could play several sets of tennis and still play with their children if someone else cooked, cleaned, etc. Parenting skills were a little amiss, as well. We have had enough Presidents Bush.


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