A personal, revealing portrait of former President Bush, told through the letters, journal entries and memoranda he wrote from his days in the Navy to his presidential term and beyond. "Bush is modest and gracious . . . these short takes on a long life reveal an underlying, consistent sense of duty to office, family and morality".--Jennifer Harper ...Read MoreA personal, revealing portrait of former President Bush, told through the letters, journal entries and memoranda he wrote from his days in the Navy to his presidential term and beyond. "Bush is modest and gracious . . . these short takes on a long life reveal an underlying, consistent sense of duty to office, family and morality".--Jennifer Harper, "The Washington Times". of photos.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1999-09-06 To the present governors of Texas and Florida, his sons George and Jeb, who worried that they might upstage their famous dad, former President Bush wrote: "Do not worry when you see the stories that compare you favorably to a Dad for whom English was a second language." President Bush was indeed famously inarticulate in public. But in this collection of diary entries, memos and letters written between 1942, when he started navy flight school, to March 1999, when he wrote a friend to express his consternation that his e-mail server was down, Bush proves himself to have been a gracious and staggeringly prolific correspondent. There are long letters, such as the September 1944 missive to his parents relating how he was shot down over the Pacific. And there are truly funny diary entries from his presidency about the Scowcroft Award, a running gag in the Bush cabinet named after National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, who apparently had an uncanny knack for napping in meetings: "A fantastic challenge by Ed Derwinski. very firm eye closure and a remarkable recovery gambit." Naturally, there are long letters to world leaders such as Deng Xiaoping, King Hussein, Mikhail Gorbachev and others about matters of historical import. Diary entries cover the Tiananmen Square massacre, the failed coup against Gorbachev, the Gulf War and other crises (though there's hardly anything about the Iran-contra scandal). Rarely does Bush display any partisan bitterness, and even then it's not very pungent (though he's consistently irked by the press). Bush must have been tempted to write a memoir intended to beat historians to the interpretive punch. This modest alternative is refreshing and, in many ways, will shed more light on the man's personal character and public persona than any memoir or biography could. It offers an intriguing picture of a man who takes fierce pride in his modesty. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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