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Destiny and Power
The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
By (author): Jon Meacham
9781400067657 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State Nov 10, 2015
$42.00 CAD
Active 6.68 x 9.56 x 1.67 in 864 pages 2 PHOTO INSERTS + PHOTOS THROUGHOUT; 1 MAP Random House
From Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham comes a brilliant biography of George H.W. Bush. Based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews with Bush, and exclusive access to his diaries, Meacham brings to life the 41st President of the United States.

“He was the last of a kind, and his rise, his fall, and his rebirth in the twilight of his life offers a window on a great deal of American history.”

Meacham creates an intimate and detailed life story of a man whom many know only through his politics, or from a distance. From interviews and exclusive access to Bush’s presidential diaries, Meacham brings Bush and the great American family he came from, vividly to life, beginning with the family’s story working in a tool company in the Midwest in the late 1800’s and on through George H. W. Bush’s childhood in Connecticut, his heroic service in World War II, his decision to strike out on his own and try to create an oil business in Texas, to his political rise to be Congressman, ambassador to the U.N., head of the CIA, Vice President, then President, and the only man since John Adams to see his son become President. Written with Meacham’s trademark compelling narration and historical depth and contemporary insight, this stunning biography reveals the unusual self-reflections, as well as the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation who pursued a life of service as a guardian of America in the way of Eisenhower, and was one of the last gentleman in our political world.

Story Locale: CT, Andover, Pacific, TX, DC

JON MEACHAM is a former editor of Newsweek. Born in Chattanooga in 1969, he is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion (winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography), American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham lives in New York City and Nashville, TN with his wife and children.

Author Residence: New York, NY; Nashville, TN

Author Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

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“[Jon] Meacham’s book should be required reading—if not for every presidential candidate, then for every president-elect.”The Washington Post

Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it. If Meacham is sometimes polite to a fault, Destiny and Power does not suffer for it. His kinder, gentler approach succeeds in making George H. W. Bush a more sympathetic—and more complex—figure than if the former president had written his own doorstopper after all.”The New York Times Book Review

“Jon Meacham, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Andrew Jackson, put an enormous amount of work into this volume: nine years of interviews, full access to the diaries of George H. W. and Barbara Bush, and an open door to family members and friends. Add to this Meacham’s balanced journalism and smooth writing, and you have a fascinating biography of the forty-first president.”The Dallas Morning News

“When we rank, reconsider, laud, or denounce past Presidents, living or dead, we are taking stock of our own times. In that sense, the vindication of George H. W. Bush is a reflection of what we know we’ve lost. Jon Meacham’s new biography of Bush, Destiny and Power, makes that plain from its very first pages.”The New Yorker

“Graceful prose, backed by diligent mining of the archives and access to an oral diary that Bush dictated throughout his presidency . . . The story of the forty-first man to hold the office sheds light not only on the country we were, but the one we’ve become.”Los Angeles Times

“Meacham is a superb historian and he weaves a compelling historical narrative, drawing heavily on Bush’s own contemporaneous diaries. The result is a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into high-stakes decision making in a rapidly evolving world.”The Seattle Times

“Through one man’s long journey through politics, we see America’s changing attitudes toward power and duty.”Time

“Illuminating . . . written from Bush’s perspective but with a journalist’s rigor . . . George and Barbara Bush have provided extraordinary cooperation [for] an account of his life and presidency that has depth and value.”—USA Today (4 out of 4 stars)

“A gripping new biography of the forty-first president.”The Economist

“Meticulously researched . . . a revealing biography that should serve as the starting point for future evaluations of the forty-first president.”Kirkus Reviews

“A vivid, well-written account.”Publishers Weekly

“The more time passes, the more the dust settles, the clearer it becomes that George H. W. Bush and the strengths of character he brought to his long service to this country deserve more attention and appreciation. And now comes Destiny and Power, Jon Meacham’s altogether fair, insightful biography of the forty-first president—a portrait made especially compelling by the author’s remarkable access to Bush’s private White House diaries. This is a timely, first-rate book!”—David McCullough

“What a spectacular and moving portrait this is—not only of a remarkably classy man but of the era that shaped him! It is hard to imagine a biographer more fitted than Jon Meacham to write what will surely be the definitive work on George Herbert Walker Bush.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

“This astonishing book is both timely and timeless. Based on candid interviews and intimate letters and diaries, it provides a deep insight into the character of George H. W. Bush, flavored with colorful anecdotes depicting his relationships with people ranging from Gorbachev and Reagan to his sons George and Jeb. The result is a fascinating and insightful portrayal of the life of an exemplary American citizen.”—Walter Isaacson

“Jon Meacham’s timely and intimate biography of George Bush 41 is a welcome reminder of this modest president’s call to service, from the cockpits of World War II to the Oval Office and the end of the Cold War. Here you’ll meet a man of patrician manners, wartime heroics, Texas assimilation, party and personal loyalty, with a refined sense of power that carried him into history. Meet the George Bush you didn’t know.”—Tom Brokaw

“This riveting biography by the incomparable Jon Meacham gives George H. W. Bush his well-deserved place in history. Destiny and Power is full of surprises, revealing 41’s important role in scene after crucial historical scene of the past seven decades. President Bush used to say that he could never quite convey his “heartbeat” to Americans. Now, using a treasure of heretofore unseen diaries and other documents, as well as his own detailed interviews, Meacham takes us behind closed doors to show us what this sometimes misunderstood leader was really like.”—Michael Beschloss

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