Jon Meacham’s next book will be a visual chronicle of the life of former President George H.W. Bush, Axios reports.
Random House will publish the author’s The Call To Serve: The Life of President George Herbert Walker Bush: A Visual Biography next year. The press describes the book as “an essential tribute to a uniquely American life.”
Meacham is the author of several books on American history, including Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.
The Call To Serve is inspired by Meacham’s previous book on Bush, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, which Random House published in 2015. A critic for Kirkus called that book “a revealing biography that should serve as the starting point for future evaluations of the 41st president.” Meacham’s new book will contain more than 450 photographs, Axios says.
“Lavishly illustrated, The Call to Serve is an intimate, illuminating portrait of the forty-first president, a man who was so much more than just his politics,” Random House says. “In words and images—many found in a lifetime of scrapbooks kept by Barbara Pierce Bush—Jon Meacham brings George H.W. Bush vividly to life.”
The Call To Serve is slated for publication on June 11, 2024, one day before what would have been Bush’s 100th birthday.
Michael Schaub is a contributing writer.