Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert by Jon Meacham

By Jon Meacham

During this impressive biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize--winning writer, chronicles the lifetime of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's own diaries, at the diaries of his spouse, Barbara, and on striking entry to the forty-first president and his family members, Meacham paints an intimate and unbelievable portrait of an intensely inner most guy who led the state via tumultuous instances. From the Oval workplace to Camp David, from his research within the deepest quarters of the White condo to Air strength One, from the autumn of the Berlin Wall to the 1st Gulf battle to the top of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the concepts, judgements, and feelings of a latest president who can have been the final of his sort. this can be the human tale of a guy who was once, just like the state he led, without delay noble and flawed.

His used to be one of many nice American lives. Born right into a loving, privileged, and aggressive family members, Bush joined the army on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was once shot down on a strive against venture over the Pacific. He married younger, all started a family members, and resisted strain to visit Wall highway, notable out for the adventurous international of Texas oil. Over the process 3 a long time, Bush may upward thrust from the chairmanship of his county Republican social gathering to function congressman, ambassador to the United countries, head of the Republican nationwide Committee, envoy to China, director of crucial Intelligence, vice chairman lower than Ronald Reagan, and, eventually, president of the USA. In retirement he turned the 1st president due to the fact John Adams to determine his son win the final word prize in American politics.

With entry not just to the Bush diaries yet, via large interviews, to the previous president himself, Meacham offers Bush's candid exams of a number of the serious figures of the age, starting from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to invoice Clinton. here's excessive politics because it particularly is yet as we hardly ever see it.

From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the lifetime of this quietly compelling American unique. Meacham sheds new gentle at the upward push of the perfect wing within the Republican occasion, a shift that signaled the start of the tip of the heart in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a guy who, pushed via future and by means of accountability, perpetually sought, eventually, to place the rustic first.

Advance compliment for Destiny and Power

"Altogether reasonable, insightful . . . a portrait made in particular compelling via the author's striking entry to Bush's inner most White residence diaries. this can be a well timed, first-class book!"--David McCullough

"What a outstanding and relocating portrait this is--not in simple terms of a remarkably stylish guy yet of the period that formed him! it's not easy to visualize a biographer extra equipped than Jon Meacham to write down what is going to definitely be the definitive paintings on George Herbert Walker Bush."--Doris Kearns Goodwin

"This magnificent publication is either well timed and undying. . . . a desirable and insightful portrayal of the lifetime of an exemplary American citizen."--Walter Isaacson

"Jon Meacham's well timed and intimate biography of George Bush forty-one is a welcome reminder of this modest president's name to provider, from the cockpits of worldwide struggle II to the Oval place of work and the top of the chilly War."--Tom Brokaw

"This riveting biography by means of the incomparable Jon Meacham provides George H. W. Bush his hard-earned position in historical past. Destiny and Power is filled with surprises, revealing 41's vital position in scene after the most important ancient scene of the past...

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