Search Results: "George W. Bush"


BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE W. BUSH by James Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Presidential reputations often improve with time and rarely decline. Aware of this, Mann delivers a remarkably evenhanded account, eschewing the painful emotions many readers will feel until historians sort matters out."
The latest in the admirable American Presidents series is premature because too little time has passed to evaluate our 43rd president, but Mann (Fellow in Residence/Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies; The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House, 2012, etc.) writes an insightful biography without much partisanship.Read full book review >

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GEORGE BUSH by Herbert S. Parmet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Unlike Parmet's two-volume JFK biography, this suffers from lack of greater access to still-secret materials and to aides with enough distance from the political wars to speak with unbuttoned candor about their boss. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Bred in New England reticence and transplanted to rambunctious Texas, acclaimed as a war hero and scorned as a political wimp, George Bush remains the walking contradiction who puzzled Americans, in this dispassionate biography by Parmet (History/City Univ. of New York; JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1983, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1999

"One must search carefully in this large brown carpet to find the silver and golden threads—but they are there."
The former president presents his autobiography in the form of annotated letters, journal entries, a few speeches, and assorted documents. Read full book review >

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GEORGE H.W. BUSH by Curt Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"An odd but endearing look at a president the nation is finally beginning to understand and appreciate."
A former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush pens a heartfelt appreciation of the president. Read full book review >

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GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH by Tom Wicker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"In the end, Wicker offers little more than 'a nice man with good connections': perhaps not the worst president, though the acorn doesn't fall far from the oak."
A readable life, at once respectful and critical, of Bush I, who nursed "what must have been a burning desire to become president of the United States" without formulating any particular plans for what he'd do once he got the job. Read full book review >

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GEORGE H.W. BUSH by Timothy Naftali
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Naftali (Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism, 2005, etc.) offers a soft-pedaling, well-paced glimpse at the career highlights of a man whose presidency still remains murky and out-of-focus."
Latest title in the American Presidents Series spotlights the elder Bush's uneven one-term presidency, riding Reagan's coattails and navigating the "new world order." Read full book review >

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DECISION POINTS by George W. Bush
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Honest, of course, but also surprisingly approachable and engaging."
W. has his say. Read full book review >

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WE ARE AFGHAN WOMEN by George W. Bush Presidential Center
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 8, 2016

"A galvanizing collection of a traumatized population learning to believe in itself."
A compilation of committed Afghan women voices that underscores the great advances made in women's lives and the arduous job still ahead. Read full book review >

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BUSH by Jean Edward Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A relentlessly hard-hitting assessment of a president who was a 'decider' but 'did not wrestle with the details of policy.'"
Biography of George W. Bush (b. 1946), concentrating on the eight years of his presidency. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Warm, funny, and inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
George, a fourth-grader who knows she is a girl, despite appearances, begins to tell her secret. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2007

"Perhaps better dipped into than read through. Still, an entertaining look at presidents at play."
Thumbnail sketches of America's 43 presidents, highlighting the amusements, pastimes and hobbies that helped each shoulder the weight of office. Read full book review >