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

BlogMeachamAlthough Meacham tackled many Presidential subjects in his previous award-winning books, in Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, the author breaks new ground -- not only because his subject is still alive, but also because of some of the controversial analyses presented within the book’s 600 pages.

However, even though Destiny and Power was written by an author in close communication with the subject, the book doesn’t shy away from showing the truth.  What is offered is an extremely fair, in-depth portrait of our 41st president’s life and times.  Rather than merely rehashing history, the book takes the reader along for the ride, giving a very vivid and extremely detailed account of George Bush’s life from his birth to his final interviews with Meacham this past September.

While this book has been much commented on due to Bush’s controversial comments in the latter pages about about his son’s administration, the rest reads like a true portrait of the man, rather than a mouthpiece for his ideas. 

Destiny and Power not will only appeal to the demographic that agrees ideologically with Bush, but also to anyone interested in learning about George Bush the man and the times he inhabited.

Andrew Scarafile 

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