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George H. W. Bush (The American Presidents #41)

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The judicious statesman who won victories abroad but suffered defeat at home, whose wisdom and demeanor served America well at a critical time.

George Bush was a throwback to a different era. A patrician figure not known for eloquence, Bush dismissed ideology as “the vision thing.” Yet, as Timothy Naftali argues, no one of his generation was better prepared for the challeng
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 10th 2007 by Times Books (first published July 13th 2003)
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Andy Miller
This biography of the first President Bush is necessarily concise as are all biographies in the "American President's Series" but this biography showed original insight that you don't always find. The author, Timothy Nafitali, is generally sympathetic to President Bush, especially his thesis that Reagan left many "messes" for Bush to clean up and had to pay the political price for making tough decisions forced on him by Reagan failing to make the tough decisions. The deficit was the prime exampl ...more
Matthew
It's been a while, but I recall not having been crazy about this book. A primary purpose (if I remember correctly) seemed to be praising the father (George H.W. Bush) in order to make a sly point that the son (George W. Bush) was a poor president. As a conservative, this bothered me. But more importantly, if one wishes to criticize the son by comparing him with the father, one should have the courage to come right out and say that...perhaps I am simply reading too much between the lines, and per ...more
Steven Peterson
This book, authored by Timothy Naftali, ends with the following comment (Page 176): "George W. Bush's controversial presidency led to a positive reassessment of his father's time in the White House. . . .[M:]any missed the elder Bush's realism, his diplomacy, his political modesty, and, yes, even his prudence."

George H. W. Bush was a one term president who presided over the end of the Cold War. This slender biography, another entry in The American Presidents series, provides a useful biography
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Gary Schantz
I found this biography was one of the more straight-forward narratives which got right to heart of the subject.

While I have been a life-long democrat who certainly found President Bush's infamous "read my lips" pledge to be one of the many reasons he lost the prsidency in 1992, I did enjoy reading about how he was willing to eat his words if it meant doing what was right for the country as a whole. It takes a good president to fess up in the face of crticism and move on.

At the time of his presid
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Shaan
This was a surprisingly enjoyable, concise biography of the snr. Bush. As an elementary schooler during Bush I, I only had hazy recollections of the big events of his presidency - "read my lips, no new taxes", fall of the Berlin Wall, Gulf War, etc. - so I was looking for a brief refresher.

The book moves quickly, giving enough background on each issue without dwelling for too long. Emphasis is given on Bush's rise through the ranks of the Republican Party - who knew he was ambassador to China? H
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Jerry Landry
A good book about our 41st president. Naftali does a good job of providing an overview of Bush's life and his presidency. As with the other titles in the Time Books' American Presidents Series, it doesn't go much in depth, but if you're looking for a quick biography hitting all the main events, then this is a good one to read.
Peter Ackerman
This is a decent enough book. It is from the American President series, and these are basic bios. Like others in the series, there is no rythum to these works, they move along and with no warning, suddenly end. (Like that).
TrumanCoyote
Interesting account which enabled me to appreciate Sr for more than just his hilarious appearance on SNL, when I learned about his smooth and gracious handling of the fall of the Soviets.
Carol
It was an ok read. I thought the author was objective about Pres. Bush's presidency. I wish they would have had more about his personal life, before and after being president.
Don (The Book Guy)
This has been a great series that I have been reading over the last 2 years. I have learned a lot about American history from the many writers in this series.
Ryan Henry
got screwed by his own party because he would not give into the crazys...fast forward eight years to see the results if he had chosen differently
Marcia
So boring, I couldn't finish it.
Jim
A nice intro to GHW Bush
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