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All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings Paperback – Oct 3 2000


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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; New edition edition (Oct. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743200411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743200417
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 15.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 21 2013
Format: Hardcover
George H. W. Bush shows us his life by sharing the details. This book's strength comes from the small moments of the author's family life, military experience, and public service. The sixteen chapters are composed almost entirely of selected letters that George Bush wrote to other people, accompanied by a few lines of background about each. There is an intimacy to this collection that would not remain had the letters been edited into a narrative. Readers can hear this former president's voice and judge if it rings true.

George Bush has an understated sense of humor only rarely seen by the public during his presidency. A few examples:
- He brought in Dana Carvey to "play" him at a White House staff meeting.
- A serious memo to President Reagan ends with the "blind man" joke.
- Awarding a "Scowcroft Award" to anyone who falls asleep in a Cabinet meeting then makes a brilliant recovery upon awakening.
- "Being called dishonest by Bill Clinton is like being called ugly by a frog."
- "Mikhail--I want you to have this first message that I have ever sent to a foreign leader on my new computer..."

George Bush is also a decent man, who values his friends and lives his values. This seems particularly clear as we read about:
- The letters he wrote to the families of soldiers who died fighting for their country
- His deep disappointment in Richard Nixon over Watergate and their continuing friendship afterward
- His restraint when dealing with a press corps "...more hateful than I can ever recall in modern times.
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By joan on Dec 28 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was a gift to my daugter a few years ago and she said she liked the book very much
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By A Customer on May 16 2004
Format: Paperback
.... you may want to look for another book. this one is full of "corrections" of what the actual man himself said. parts about family money made off the holocaust have been edited out, unfortunately. specifically in some letters addressed to leslie baukerberg (his life-long accountant) and tina goethe (his admitted former girlfriend) who both had invested in a brilliant stock some of that same money that granted him the ability to pay off campgain debts! as a fan of bush sr's work in the white house i was shocked to see these glaring omissions from letters i had previously read via the internet. perhaps the best book for this subject is the less-heavily-edited "sons of tommorrows sunshine" compiled by son jeb bush and the late author benjamin kowlestein will guide you more in the history of this man and his family.
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...were the ones he wrote to Jennifer Fitzgerald. But, for some reason he didn't include them. Unfortunately, the letters he DID include, to Barbara, etc... are clearly contrived and illustrate how gullible those around him are. George HW Bush's top three priorities in his life has been $, $ and even more $.
Also missing were the letters he wrote to the families of the crewmen he abandoned when he jumped from his lightly-damaged plane during WW2. Perhaps he never wrote them?
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Horrible book from a terrible man! Why not step outside for a breath of fresh air, instead of subjecting yourself with your nose in this one. And if outside reading it, go inside and do something around the house more productive and gratifying, than reading a self-absored moribund tome to a corrupt, misguided, old man.
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By AnnieSB on Nov. 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is funny, poignant and a revelation of the private man we all only knew publicly. Historians, teachers and the press should be forced to read this so they can teach people the true character of this man. If you liked George Bush before, you will love him after reading this. If you didn't like him before, I suggest you read this and discover who this man really is...you will certainly change your opinion. The letters transported me back to WWII, Watergate, etc...But this isn't as much about a President and his policies as it is about a father, a husband, a son and a friend. I laughed, I cried. Thoroughly enjoyable...the editorial reviews didn't give it enough credit. I was sad when I finished as I wanted more...what more can one say?
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By "ronlv" on April 27 2002
Format: Hardcover
Easy book to read. Hundreds of letters each standing on its own. The letters span the range of drama from great sorrows to great joys. In between it is light hearted, whimsical, funny and at times deeply insightful. Delivers a more vivid understanding of George Bush than a memoir: 1.Honorable man devoting nearly all his life to country, 2. Striving to engage both political parties to do what is best, 3. All to often pushed aside by the press and both ends of the political spectrum in disbelief.
All politics is local. Even more micro, George Bush 41 was the consummate one on one communicator by letters. WWII combat flier, businessman and endless high level government jobs could not keep him from touching thousands of people one at a time through letters. Many letters were responding to people with no chance of winning over. These letters are very instructive in showing the space where he really functioned and probably kept him one of the most well grounded presidents of all time.
As a book of letters it is free to cover more ground. Explanations and foot notes are strikingly short and limited through out the book. A typical memoir would take volumes to cover life of George Bush 41 and still touch all the subjects in this book of letters.
GHWB's personal relationships with world leaders are authenticated by the relevant letters in this book. We had the right President a critical time. Going into the Gulf War, partisan dissent was astounding and helped to limit the objectives in Iraq. Though blatantly obvious why the Gulf War had to be fought, it was not for many senators. I was disappointed that a greater effort was not make to help the reader understand how so many senators could be so out of touch with the world.
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