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The Bush family represents one of America's most formidable political dynasties--beginning with the election of Prescott Bush to the U.S. senate in 1948 and continuing through 1988, when George W. Bush won a landslide re-election as Governor of Texas and his younger brother Jeb Bush was elected Governor of Florida. Of course, the generational line between these men of former President George Bush, whose accomplishments have been a daunting factor in the lives of his sons.
Veteran Texas reporter and long-time Bush observer Bill Minutaglio has written the most authoritative and insightful work to date on the First Son. Minutaglio interviewed Bush's friends and family, his old drinking buddies and Yale classmates, associates from his days as an oilman and owner of the Texas Rangers, and the politicians who have seen Bush up close in action. Minutaglio even gained access to George W. Bush himself.
Written with authority, verve and a flair for the wild ways of Texas, First Son will be the political story of 2000.
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The first of several Y2K biographies on Texas governor George W. Bush offers an in-depth look at both the Republican presidential candidate and his political family: Bill Minutaglio interviewed more than 300 people for First Son, including Bush and many members of his inner circle. The book focuses on the life of "Dubya" (the nickname used by the press and others to distinguish him from his father) and includes a combination of original material and information that has been reported elsewhere. It is neither pro- nor anti-Bush, simply reportorial and largely nonjudgmental. Readers won't find an answer to one of the season's most burning questions: Has Bush ever used illegal drugs? In a preface, Minutaglio piously says he won't stoop to such low levels. Yet one gets the sense that he won't go there because he doesn't have any hard evidence, as stories of Bush's heavy drinking are related without apparent reservation. Minutaglio, a writer for The Dallas Morning News, spends most of his time describing Bush's amazing and unexpected rise to fame. Dubya's own family, for instance, thought that younger brother Jeb would be the first to win an important public office. Yet Dubya exploited his family ties and personal charisma to have a successful business career in the 1980s and then beat a popular incumbent in 1994 to become Texas governor. (Jeb became governor of Florida in 1998, while his brother won a second term in Austin.) Minutaglio's narrative goes light on Bush's gubernatorial record and ends before his formal entry into the presidential race in 1999. Readers hungry for an overview of the man who would be president, however, could do much worse than start by looking here. --John J. MillerFrom the Back Cover:
"A must-read . . . a fascinating personality portrait of an ambitious, ornery, and intensely competitive man."
-- Business Week
"With a style reminiscent of Tom Wolfe and Richard Ben Cramer -- even Hunter Thompson (without the gonzo quotient), Bill Minutaglio takes the reader on a romp through Texas politics, through a dynasty not quite competitive with the Kennedys. . . . The reader may be a bit breathless but never bored."
-- C. Frasier Smith, Baltimore Sun
"First Son is one of those very rare nonfiction books that capture the trifecta -- wonderfully readable, impeccably reported, and revealing. Bill Minutaglio has captured that insane and marvelous state of mind called Texas. He has also captured the ups and downs of what it is like to grow up in the shadow of a very, very famous father."
-- Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and A Prayer for the City
"The book will be a dog-eared reference for politicos and journalists and anyone else who wants to study the low-key, discreet Republican version of an American political dynasty. Minutaglio captures the Machiavellian maneuvers of Washington political aides and the wacky, often hardball antics of Texas politics with dead-on accuracy."
-- Wendy Benjaminson, Houston Chronicle
"Bill Minutaglio places his subject solidly in the context of his family -- and that is the right place to start figuring out who and what George W. is. . . . Minutaglio demonstrates more fully than anyone else I have read, literally everything in Bush's resume up to his election as governor was to a substantial degree handed to him. . . . I could discern no evident bias -- either adulatory or cynical. And there are some important clues to the character of a second Bush presidency."
-- David Broder, Washington Monthly
"First Son is fair, balanced, interesting, and well-written. It's chock-full of insights backed by extensive research and solid reporting. There is much to think about in this impressive work."
-- Dan Rather
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Book Description Random House Audio, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M037541021X