Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

41: A Portrait of My Father

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President. 
Forty-three men have served as President of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a President told the story of his father, another President, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and President.  The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family. In addition, George W. Bush discusses his father’s influence on him throughout his own life, from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency.

I found 41: A Portrait of My Father to be a very good read. I have always admired President George H.W. Bush and after reading this book I admire him even more. To be the youngest fighter pilot in WWII says something about a man. Then to jump out of a airplane at 90! Seriously one strong person! His life had many ups and downs - many I did not know. His political career was very interesting. I guess I like others assumed that his political career was easy - it was not. 
One of the things that stick in my head is that the Reagan's never once invited Barbara Bush to the White House. Gosh who does that. She was the Vice President of the United States wife. 

If you are like me and like non-fiction give 41: A Portrait of My Father a chance. I think you will be pleasantly pleased.


  1. I liked him as a president also. Sounds like a great read!

  2. While I wasn't a fan of the Bush's I would love to read this.