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The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush

Gerhart, Ann

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ISBN 10: 0743243838 / ISBN 13: 9780743243834
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xiv, [2], 206, [2] pages. Illustrations. Sources. Index. Inscribed by the author. Ann Gerhart, a veteran reporter for the Style section of The Washington Post, covered the 2004 Presidential campaign. She has interviewed Laura Bush extensively since 2001 and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS News, C-Span, Fox News, A&E, and VH1 to discuss the First Lady. First Lady Laura Bush was arguably the most popular figure in the Bush White House. Laura Welch Bush (née Laura Lane Welch; born November 4, 1946) is an American educator who was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2009. Bush previously served as First Lady of Texas from 1995 to 2000. She continued to advance her trademark interests of education and literacy by establishing the annual National Book Festival in 2001, and encouraged education on a worldwide scale. She also advanced women's causes through The Heart Truth and Susan G. Komen for the Cure organizations. She represented the United States during her foreign trips, which tended to focus on HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness. This is an intimate and critically acclaimed biography of the much-admired First Lady. The Perfect Wife tells the complete story of Laura Welch Bush. From Mrs. Bush's upbringing in West Texas to her whirlwind romance with George W. Bush to the Governor's mansion to her roles as mother, Bush family member, First Lady, and savvy political campaigner, Gerhart reveals her as never before. Bookseller Inventory # 51525

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Title: The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing [stated].

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An intimate portrait of Laura Bush draws on unparalleled access to the First Lady to reveal the complex woman behind the image, discussing her youth in a segreated and traditional West Texas town, the tragedy that changed her life, her courtship and marriage to George W. Bush, and her diverse roles as wife, mother, and public figure. 150,000 first printing.


The title of this carefully measured biography of First Lady Laura Bush can have an ironic double-meaning depending on which side of the political/sexual liberation divide one finds themselves. Compared with the driven Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton (predecessors whose level of public acceptance often seemed to vary in inverse proportion to their ambitions for themselves and their husbands), the former Laura Welch of Midland, Texas can often seem like a cipher. But the causes (education and literacy) she has quietly espoused from her White House pulpit have indeed been the driving passions of her life since her days as an SMU coed. Given the hyper-polarizing presidency of George W. Bush, veteran Washington Post Style writer Ann Gerhard is careful to walk a fine line between fact and wildly divergent public opinion--a task made even more challenging by her subject's natural reticence and aversion to overweening self-analysis. But neither does Gerhard shy away from personal tragedies (the death of a high school classmate caused by Laura running a stop sign) or her husband's snowballing controversies (alcohol, Harken, Air National Guard duty gap, economic and social policies, 9/11, Iraq) and the public foibles of their twin daughters. Gerhard portrays Laura as a woman of typical West Texas manners and reserve, yet one steely enough not to sacrifice her longstanding social concerns or sense of self amidst a modern political dynasty. In that sense she may well be her husband's better half. --Jerry McCulley

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