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Publisher's Summary

From Pulitzer Prize winner and number-one New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham comes a sweeping yet intimate biography of George H. W. Bush. Based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews, and extraordinary access to Bush's diaries and to his family, Destiny and Power paints a vivid and affecting portrait of the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation: his childhood in Connecticut, his heroic service in World War II, his entry into the Texas oil business, and his storied rise in politics from congressman to UN ambassador to head of the CIA to 41st president of the United States.
©2015 Jon Meacham (P)2015 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By ShelleyCS on 11-30-15

A compelling read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny and Power?

It was most interesting seeing all the politicians of the time (from Kennedy through Rumsfeld, and Regan) through his perceptions.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too long.

Any additional comments?

I'm not American, and don't have a political leaning toward either party. I thought the book a touching and humanizing read on GHWB and his family. He is an old style gentleman, and this comes through clearly. He had little stomach for the polarized nature of his party and most particularly for the far right. He seemed disappointed in a swing to the far right by Dick Cheney (who had served as GHWB's own secretary of defense - something I had forgotten). He also felt that as VP under GWB, Cheney was given too much power and autonomy. GHWB was loyal, dedicated, and tried to do what was right for his country and president(s), but he certainly made mistakes and missteps and I don't think this was glossed over. He is just a genuinely nice man. It was a very interesting read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By D.R. Whitson on 11-25-15

George H W Bush, behind the door of 41

A courageous and confident man who has willingly opened up his core self to examination in a brave, unvarnished & unique way into the real man, his values, beliefs, and actions.

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5 out of 5 stars
By michael Billington on 11-13-15

A wonderful biography of an underrated president

Would you listen to Destiny and Power again? Why?

yes Meacham has written a brilliant book that is both highly informative and easy to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

George H.W Bush, he emerges as a far more interesting and complicated man than his public image would suggest.

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narration is excellent, very impressed with the reading.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ambition, Power and tragedy

Any additional comments?

This is a book I was really looking forward too and it did not disappoint. Well written and full of wonderful insights. Brilliant

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