George H. W. Bush: Character at the Core

George H. W. Bush: Character at the Core

by Curt Smith


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George H. W. Bush ranks among America’s most distinguished men of the last century. A war hero, businessman, politician, and the forty-first president of the United States, Bush has spent most of his life dedicated to public service.

Curt Smith worked with Bush for more than twenty years, including during his presidency, when Smith wrote more speeches for Bush than anyone else. Smith’s exploration of Bush’s service includes in-depth narratives on the invasion of Panama, the first Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. He also chronicles the contrasting presidential elections of 1988 and 1992, examining the successes and failures of each. Smith profiles the people germane to Bush’s life and career: his wife, Barbara; mentors such as Ronald Reagan; and political allies such as Margaret Thatcher, and many more.

George H. W. Bush: Character at the Core shows how Bush’s courtesy and belief in work, religion, and American exceptionalism helped the patrician connect with Middle America and take his place among the most revered statesmen of his time.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612346854
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

CURT SMITH is a senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester, a GateHouse Media columnist, and the author of sixteen books, including the classic Voices of the Game. He has written for such publications as Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and has been named to the prestigious Judson Welliver Society of former presidential speechwriters. 


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Author’s Note
1. Beginnings
2. Finding the Water Fine
3. Perfectly Clear
4. Looking for Mr. Right
5. Big Jawn
6. A Phone Call from the Gipper
7. To the Brink—and Back
8. The Immaculate Election
9. Hopeful at the Creation
10. Bush at the Summit
11. Into the Abyss
12. A Morning After
13. America’s “Vision Thing”
14. Poetry of the Heart
Appendix: Selected Speeches

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