Destiny and power book review

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Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham

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Former president George H. Bush, father of former president George W. In the life of George H. Bush, it shaped a creed. A man who was born to privilege in America, who was taught that his good fortune entailed a right to rule and an obligation to serve, pursued politics with singular ambition.

George H. Bush is unusual among modern American presidents in that after he left the White House in he never produced his own full-scale autobiography. How does the reader fare in this affectionate transaction between president and biographer? He could easily give former House Speaker John Boehner a run for his money in the Kleenex sweepstakes. Be No. This sympathetic approach allows Meacham to draw out Bush on the most emotional moments of his life and tell them with dramatic verve. Neither George nor his wife, Barbara, had even heard of leukemia when their doctor in Midland, Tex.

For better or for worse, George Herbert Walker Bush has been enshrined in collective memory as a series of caricatures, all of them evoking ineffectuality. He was the effete Yale man and the blue blood wimp; the awkward statesman who, when called upon to speak, diced the English language into an uneven and mysterious julienne. The last thing one would have expected of him was tigerish ambition. Johnson, Bill Clinton — there seemed nothing overtly appetitive about him. When Mr. Bush put it — filled him with dread.

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  1. At a time when an aloof, unengaged president seems to spend most of his time on vacation, on the putting course — or puttering around the Oval Office — it is pleasant to be reminded of a chief executive who was energetic, conscientious and unashamedly patriotic without being a chauvinist or a demagogue.

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