Wednesday, March 20, 2013
All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings by George H.W. Bush
All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings by George H.W. Bush, Scribner (a division of Simon and Schuster), $35.00 list price, hardcover.
I enjoyed the first release of this memoir by George H.W. Bush so I was happy to read this newly updated edition. Being a letter writer myself, I am drawn to how Mr. Bush decided to let his letters and journal entries tell his authobiography with intimate accounts of what he was thinking and and feeling at specific moments in his life, and probably in a more accurate way than trying to remember the events in hindsight.
Through Mr. Bush's candid and unapologetic personal writings the reader gains insight not only into his military service, political career, and term as the forty-first president of the United States, but also who he is as a father, husband, and friend through a love letter to Barbara, a letter to his mother about missing his daughter, Robin, after her death from leukemia at age five, and letters and emails written to his children and grandchildren.
This updated version includes writings about his humanitarian tours with former President Bill Clinton to areas around the world hit by natural disasters, 9/11, and his son George W. Bush's presidency. A gallery of photos is also included. It is a book that is enjoyable to read and one that anyone with an interest in political history and the Bush family in particular will find interesting.