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The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty Hardcover – Apr 6 2004


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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (April 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385498632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385498630
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 37.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,103,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Great read and quite prophetic re the next presidential race. Good insight into the family culture. A must read for political junkies.
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The Bushes are a fascinating family, but you only skim the surface in this very soft rundown of the family's history. The most intersting parts of the book come early, where we meet the original Bushes (and Walkers, the current president's grandmother's parents on his father's side). The narrative nicely fills in the history and gives you context for the current and former president's attitudes. There is much to admire about the Bushes, even if you accept that this is a very airbrushed, "authorized" narrative. They are hardworking, loyal and principled (mostly). But they are also untiring resume builders, and you get the distinct sense that the presidency (or any other public office) is something they pursue not to accomplish something so much as to impress the rest of the family (living and dead). Aside from the fluffiness of the analysis (which always seems to put the best spin on anything the Bushes have done), the book peters out about halfway through, when we get to fairly current history. By the time the narrative gets to George H.W.'s vice presidency and presidency, the litany is basicaly a hopping around to mention all the greatest hits of the family history in very cursory fashion (Clinton and Gore literally are mentioned once(!) in the part about the 1992 presidential election). The editing is very sloppy. Some quotes appear more than once in different parts of the book and there are some embarassing misspellings and other minor but annoying mistakes. If you want a history of the Bush clan, this is not a bad palce to start, but for incisive analysis, look elsewhere.
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Peter and Rochelle Schweizer, the authors of Portrait of a Dynasty, claim to have relied mainly on interviews with friends and family members of the president and his father, the ex-president, for their facts. This is remarkable, because the result, while hardly a brutal attack on the family, is not very complimentary.
George H. W. comes across as an ambitious man who schmoozes his way into jobs, and who works hard, but who has no big goals he wants to accomplish once he gets there. He famously acknowledged that he lacked "the vision thing." He seemed to be absent as a father, but most men were in those days. Still, for a man who claimed to prize loyalty and family above all, it was unforgivable for him to miss George W.'s graduation from Yale. W. was disappointed, according to this book, so it seems even stranger that he would miss his own daughters' graduation, as well.
George W., our current president, comes across as a rude, foul-mouthed, ruthless politician who learned while acting the heavy during his father's administration, that the press was the enemy and that his father wasn't tough enough. His behavior while he was drinking was irresponsible, but after he stopped drinking and found religion, he didn't seem to be any more pleasant to be around. He still mocked people he perceived as being his enemy and was rather strident about his beliefs.
I'll admit that I skipped most of the parts about the generations before George H. W., but the sections on the two presidents, Jeb, and the brothers, make up for the boring spots. The women are glossed over, not because of the authors' bias, but because women are for support in this family. Barbara burst out of that role and upstaged her husband, but it is unlikely that Laura will do anything like that.
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This very well written and fascinating book is highly recommended -- and it has none of the "warts" and vendetta of Kevin Phillips' "American Dynasty," which pales by comparison and trashed the Bushes at every opportunity.
Obviously the Schweizers benefited enormously from access to the Bush family, and the insights are terrific.
George W. comes off better, in my opinion, than his father. I found it interesting that "Big George" had qualms about running for reelection, and the authors describe in vivid detail how the "fire" to win again had gone out of his belly (pp. 401 & 403).
George W. seems to be cut more from his mother's feisty cloth, which may make the difference in the 2004 election. His rise to the top may not have been conventional, but he may have more staying power than his father did; and historians may treat his presidency better in the years to come.
Perhaps George W.'s wisest decision was Laura. He wanted someone who was "steady and calm" (p. 260), and obviously she changed his life for the better. He is also genuinely religious, and took to heart Billy Graham's teaching that he was "created by God for a reason" (p. 333).
Because of Colu Bush's understandable reticence, it is questionable whether Jeb will ever reach the pinnacle. George P. is still an unknown quantity, and therein may lie the end of the "Dynasty" unless other Bushes emerge onto the national political scene.
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The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty is a wholly readable, if not entirely engrossing, family biography which seeks to exploit unprecedented access to the broad Bush network of family and friends. Though "breezy" is far too light a term, this effort seems more a 500-page People Magazine article than a scholarly work of heft, analysis, and insight. Coverage of issues and events are largely superficial as the Schweizer's concentrate mainly on the emotive reactions of persons involved. Though this is not unexpected in a biography, momentous events have occured throughout the Bush dynasty. Unfortunately, for those desiring a broader contextual experience, the authors seem content to merely swipe at them and move on.
Those of an anti-Bush stripe will undoubtedly uncover the subtle (and not so subtle) pro-Bush underpinnings of the book, but the pro-Bush contigent may walk away equally dissatisfied as the Schweizer's don't really provide much ideological grist for either mill. The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty may affirm positive or negative gut feelings for the reader, but don't look to it to provide scholarly insight, policy analysis, or even moderate discussion of historical context. It provides no practical, encompassing historical vantage point. It's simply not that kind of book.
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