• The Last Republicans

  • Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush
  • By: Mark K. Updegrove
  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-14-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A historian's revealing and intimate portrait of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son - the first major biographical treatment of these two consequential presidents and figures in American history.
In 2016, the Republican base revolted against the GOP establishment that has become synonymous with the Bush name, choosing instead a political neophyte and antiestablishment outsider as the standard bearer of their party. Donald Trump's election marked not only the end of a presidential dynasty but a rejection of the Republican principles and traditions the Bushes have long championed. Despite the Republicans' surprise victory in 2016, behind closed doors the party remains divided between traditional conservatives, populists, and radical ideologues and faces an uncertain future. As presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove argues, Bush 41 and 43 are, in effect, the "last Republicans".
In this balanced, illuminating audiobook, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes' relationship from the birth of George W. through their postpresidential years and Jeb Bush's failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation. At last the famously circumspect Bushes offer unvarnished observations and revelations on everything from George W. Bush's youthful indiscretions to the influence and perspectives they had on each other's administration to their views on Donald Trump - and how they each voted in the 2016 election.
A candid and often surprising portrait of two men, The Last Republicans is also an elegy for the party of Reagan and Bush - and for the many thoughtful and prudent individuals who made up the "establishment" and are conspicuously lacking in today's GOP.
©2017 Mark K. Updegrove (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 02-14-18

Father and Son Presidents

I have read a number of books about the Bush family. This duel biography does not cover any new information but attempts to show the relationship between father and son.

The book is well written and is meticulously researched. I appreciated that Updegrove organized the book chronologically; it made it so much easier to read. The author interviewed both men as well as other family members and colleagues. Updegrove also had access to diaries as well as the normal documents in various archives. Updegrove discussed the family values which are make your money and then give back to society via public service. The author stressed the family values and ambitions. I enjoyed reading the book.

The book is fourteen and a half hours. Milton Jeffers does an excellent job narrating the book. Jeffers has an easy to listen to voice.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie Watson on 12-22-17

Hindsight is better than foresight.

Looking back to look forward. THIS look at the Bush family and other Presidents brings hope for all who love this country.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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