(Review) 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

Publication Date: November 11, 2014.
Publisher: Crown.
Genre: Nonfiction, biography.
Pages: 294.
Source: Christmas gift.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Summary:
A biography of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st president of the United States. The book was written by his son, George Walker Bush, 43rd president of the United States.
The biography is a chronology of the senior Bush's life. There are a few life stories from the younger Bush's life, in regards to where he was during his father's life and accomplishments. Towards the end of the book, the younger Bush compares similarities in their roles as president.

My Thoughts:
41 was given to me at Christmas by my younger son and his girlfriend.
Before beginning the book, I'd guessed the direction and emphasis the book featured. This is not a bad thing, but a pretty accurate guess.
41 is an endearing testament and legacy of a life well-lived. George H. W. Bush is a person of the "Greatest Generation." He had served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Yale.
He was a studious, serious, hardworking, and diligent man.
All of the book held my interest. The most interesting parts of the book were his roles during President Nixon's presidency, Watergate fiasco, vice-presidency, and the years he was president.
What surprised me the most about his life was he was unafraid to take risks. He did not take risks to earn the attention of media. He took risks because he was a leader, an innovator; and he believed in the freedom to excel and achieve great things.
Now, there are people who would never be interested in reading this book. There are people who would never have a positive word to say about either Bush president. Any Republican is a stinko, a hypocrite, a Capitalist, war monger, elitist, blah, blah, blah. Lastly, any positive aspect of this book would be "poo-poo" (as Madeline says.)
I believe George W. Bush wrote this book because of the great love and admiration he has for his father, and this is endearing and admirable in itself.
A later chapter is when George W. Bush reflects on his presidency, and compares a few things his father had also experienced during his presidency, especially in regards to Sadam Hussein and Iraq.
I loved the book, not a 5 star love, but I enjoyed reading the book.


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