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All the Best, George Bush

My Life in Letters and Other Writings
Narrated by: George Bush, Barbara Bush
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Former president George Bush has no plans to write his autobiography, so this collection of letters, diary entries, and memos, plus his commentary, fills that void. The volume includes letters from Bush to his parents during World War II, a love letter to wife Barbara, letters to his children (written just before Richard Nixon's resignation and at the beginning of Desert Storm), and many more. They offer insights into Bush's career, from the Navy to the oil business, and his political life: two terms in Congress, an ambassadorship to the U.N., his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, the vice presidency, the presidency, and the post-presidency. As the Bushes continue to emerge as a major political family, this portrait of its unassuming patriarch is timely and important, offering an intimate look at one of America's most private public figures.
©1999 George H.W. Bush, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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  • Mary C.
  • 06-12-18

All the Best - is all the best of his letters

This read captures the feelings and thoughts of a president and devoted family man through his letters and journal entries. Not a history book, it walks you through important events in a very rich life. The narration by George and several family members adds to the warmth of this book. Loved it!

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  • A. M.
  • 27-11-17

The right man for the right job at the right time

We were very fortunate to have had George HW Bush as our president. History is just now starting to recognize that truth. So much could have gone wrong in this world if not for the wisdom and humility of this man. I doubt we'll see another like him in our lifetime. It seems as if American values have changed...

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  • Karen A. Hayes
  • 13-04-05

It's the best

I absolutely loved this audiobook. It showed the real George Bush ... the kind, moral, human guy who was our president for four short years. I laughed at his innocence in his first letters and cried when his little Robin died. I laughed again at the end, hearing about his life as an average guy, gousing at the grandkids for leaving the freezer door ajar and melting all the ice cream. I came away with a new understanding and deeper respect for him. After listening to the audiobook, I had to go to the book store and buy the book just to have it in my library. I would recommend it to anybody.

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  • Ryan Kelly
  • 10-10-19

Great Listen!

Was really neat to hear the letters to and from President Bush throughout his life up to 1999. They dont make them like him anymore. A great man!

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  • John M.
  • 20-08-19

This Audiobook is Abridged

Would have been nice to know from the start that this wasn’t the full book.

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  • Marilyn Raymond
  • 05-03-19

amusing and very insightful

HW has a great sense of humor! what a funny guy and an HONORABLE MAN..rare in this day and age. loved hearing his personal feelings about when he was 19 and a fighter pilot on bombing missions! imagine that! a very ambitious and interesting man with boundless energy and courage!

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  • Erik
  • 01-03-19

41 Was a Class Act

Regardless of one’s personal opinion about President Bush, his personal writings reveal him to be a genuine, clever, funny, loyal, patriotic, true gentlemen.

What an extraordinary life and career. Yet it seems his feet were always planted firmly on the ground.

I enjoyed how the writings and letters were read by Bush family members, and the book was narrated by the President himself.

What a class act. We miss you, Mr. President. Godspeed...

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  • Debster
  • 06-02-19

Very enjoyable, learned a lot!!

This was an excellent book and I am so glad I listened to it! Was surprised by his humor and also his eloquence.

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  • Kritiker
  • 07-01-19

Wonderful Book!

I love the Bush family, especially George and Barbara Bush! This book just shows so many great examples of their true nature.

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  • LA Cast
  • 09-12-18

A special poignant look into 41's private life

With his recent passing, I felt comforted hearing his voice and learning more about this amazing patriot and patriarch of the Bush Family. I laughed and cried, sometimes at the same time. Put aside your political affiliation and learn many valuable life lessons from this former POTUS that did not receive the respect he deserved until far too late. I wish I had received this earlier, so I could have written him a note saying I admired him as a President, Navy hero, and parent. He certainly gave all his best during his service to the country for all of the various ways he served our country. Godspeed Mr. President.