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George Bush: An Intimate Portrait

Green, Fitzhugh

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ISBN 10: 0870527835 / ISBN 13: 9780870527838
Published by Hippocrene Books, New York, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the front endpaper: "For Christopher Reaske of Yale--in hopes he approves / from his new friend, with warm regards / Fitzhugh Green / 10/19/89." Author Green (1917-1990) was a longtime friend of Barbara Bush; inscriptee Reaske was a senior executive at Yale in 1989, and the author of numerous books, on topics from clamming to drama. The book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $17.95). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002868

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Title: George Bush: An Intimate Portrait

Publisher: Hippocrene Books, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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George Bush, the man, remains today among the best-kept secrets in Washington. This is remarkable, given his nearly forty years in a career that has spanned war, business, community service, politics and high government positions. He is still somewhat of an enigma, even to the millions who have watched him strive for the presidency. This up-to-date account of the adventures, personal qualities and achievements of George Bush contains surprises. The quiet, genial President has experienced disaster, danger, disappointment and defeat on his way to the White House. They have offset his long string of successes and tempered his natural ebullience. Bush is seen through the eyes of a biographer whose life has intersected periodically with that of the President, his family and his numerous professional doings. Green's observation began during his boyhood as a neighbor and friend of Barbara Pierce (now Bush) and her siblings; it continued through similar schooling, a tour in the U.S. Navy, a test period in Texas and involvement in Bush's political efforts. Indeed, for over 50 years Green has followed George Bush's path. This portrait of a president is enlivened by the fruits of more than 400 personal interviews with friends and colleagues of Bush, his family, and many acquaintances from the nation and abroad.

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This is a rambling, embarrassing piece of hagiography written by a sometime adman, former U.S.I.A. employee, and lifelong acquaintance of the Bushes. The chapter headings set the tone, e.g., "Fighter for America" and "Yale Star." The book reads like a campaign biography that is two years late. Ironically, while intending to praise Bush, this work damns him. Bush emerges as an other-directed organization man who wants to be well-liked but who has few principles and little vision. One observer Green quotes, says, "Bush is like water; he takes the shape of his container." Green himself is mystified by Bush's selection of Quayle as Vice President. He also concludes that Bush's father, Senator Prescott Bush, "left no substantive footsteps" and "offered no particular vision, except that of a life of rectitude. . . . " Like father, like son? Recommended only because it will be requested.
- Jeffrey R. Herold, Bucyrus P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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