The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

The Last Republicans Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H W Bush and George W Bush A groundbreaking look at the lives of George H W Bush and George W Bush the most consequential father son pair in American history often in their own words In this endearing illuminating work pres

  • Title: The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush
  • Author: Mark K. Updegrove
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  • A groundbreaking look at the lives of George H W Bush and George W Bush, the most consequential father son pair in American history, often in their own words In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of JA groundbreaking look at the lives of George H W Bush and George W Bush, the most consequential father son pair in American history, often in their own words In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other s presidencies their views on family, public service, and America s role in the world and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.In 2016 George W Bush lamented privately that he might be the last Republican president Donald Trump s election marked the end not only to the Bushes hold on the White House, but of a rejection of the Republican principles of civility and international engagement and leadership that the Bushes have long championed.The Last Republicans offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty first and forty third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican establishment, which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man.

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    1. 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. Upde [...]


    2. "​The Last Republicans​" provides an intimate look at President George H.W. Bush (#41) and his son, George W. Bush (#43). This is not an expose` in any way, and many of the more controversial events and actions of the Bush Presidents are glossed over. Many people think of the senior Bush as growing up with a silver spoon in his mouth, privileged and pampered, and of the junior Bush as bumbling businessman who would have never succeeded without the family connections and influence. That may n [...]


    3. The era of Donald Trump brings new meaning to the indelible legacies of America's last Republican presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Commonly known as '41' and '43' -- together as '84' -- this is their story. And historian Mark Updegrove tells it marvelously. This book not only chronicles the major milestones and challenges of each man's presidency; it sheds light on the unique relationship between the two former presidents. "At its heart, theirs is a love story," Updegrove writes. [...]


    4. Two stars because of the stale content to do with my personal politics. I've read several books about both men, this book contains nothing new. In fact, it should be advertised as a summary of the Meacham book on H.W. and Decision Points (W's "memoir"). Despite its title, it has very little to do with explaining why these two men are/were the "last republicans." The title is dubious and the content is stale. Very disappointing. However, if you haven't read anything on either of these men, I supp [...]


    5. I thought this might be a chance to knock two presidential biographies off my list at the same time. Considering I nodded off twice trying to get through the sample--in the middle of the day and after a huge mug of coffee, no less--I'm taking a pass. I don't think it was the content so much as the writing.


    6. If you are looking for a good book to give your father for Father's Day you couldn't find one better than 'The Last Republicans'. This book is a story of a remarkable love story between a father and his son. What is so amazing is that the father and son just happened to be the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States. I have read practically every book about the Bush clan so there was nothing in this book that I had not already read yet I still found the book to be well written and enjoyed [...]


    7. This intimate, accessible biography of the immediately preceding two Republican presidents is really a story of unconditional love between a father and a son. Poppy Bush had a wonderful role model in his own father, former US Senator Prescott Bush, and he passed on certain values and behaviors to his own children. Though his background was patrician, he was not a remote man and was devoted to his children. George W,, the eldest, was a son of Texas, different from his father in many ways (more li [...]


    8. I’ve been wanting to read this book since I met the author during a visit to the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Fall 2012 when I was the Harvard IOP Director. I was in town to speak at UT-Austin, and he gave me a behind he scenes tour. (Yes, I ate BBQ at Franklin and went to a UT football game too.). During the tour, he shared that 41 and 43 had agreed to his request for cooperation on a book. It was well worth the five year wait. The Bush family’s passion for service and love of fam [...]


    9. The distinctive feature of this book is access- the author spent time with both President Bushes and their friends and family, also having access to many letters and diary entries that I hadn't seen elsewhere. This results in an account that dives deep into the feelings and motivations of both 41 and 43 in ways even Decision Points didn't do for 43 in spite of him writing it. It does breeze over some aspects of their history about which I would have expected more coverage, such as 43's primary b [...]


    10. I know that I’m biased, but this story of the relationship between 41 and 43 was absolutely wonderful. Whether you agreed with their policies, this books shows the decency and humility of these men. This book will make you see that while their politics may not have always been ideal in some people’s minds, these two men were GOOD men who loved their country. Every decision these two Presidents made were made with purpose, courage, and were done with the best of intentions. They worked for a [...]


    11. Thoroughly enjoyed this look into the relationship between ‘41’ and ‘43’ as the author took an in depth look at both their backgrounds, and the moments that came to define them as presidents, men, and family. While sailing over the wrinkles of each of their presidencies, this book isn’t meant as an expose, but of the bond of father and son, and the unique ties that these two share. It was a great read, and a fantastic way to start out my 2018 reading list.


    12. Assumed this would be more of a reflection on the shift of the Republican Party toward Trumpism and possible ways forward for the Party. The penultimate chapter has some good content on that, but ultimately the rest of the book is just a biographical of 41 and 42, their relationship and careers. It also, frankly, provides good perspective on where so called 'establishment Republicanism' has come from since Reagan.


    13. Liked Updegrove's writing and the book flowed smoothly thru the decades and the Presidential years for '41 and '43.> markupdegrove/NY Times Review> nytimes/2017/11/04/us


    14. Can be read as an obituary of what was the Grand Ole Party. I left the Republican Party after 43's first term. So the its demise I believe began before Trump. Glad to be in the proud company of 41 in not voting for Trump. He voted for Hilary. 43 abstained. I voted for neither Hilary or Trump.


    15. Sort of "The Bushes For Beginners," the book eschews analyzing much of the deeper aspects of the Bushes' policies and personalities in favor of taking a thousand-foot view of their father-son relationship, set against a fairly straightforward historical tick-tock of each man's presidency.


    16. Not meant as a comprehensive biography of the two ex Presidents, it delivers a great peak behind the scenes of a father and son - our first since the Adams - to serve. Enjoyed the fluid nature of the storytelling and the interesting ‘behind the scenes’ stories. Highly recommended.


    17. Not a great book, but not bad either. Just a very basic book about the two presidents Bush. If you are new to the Bushes, this is your book, if you are not and you are looking for depth, look elsewhere.


    18. Puff piece, poorly penned. On page 374 the author submits the questionable proposition that Bush 43 actually had wanted to increase regulation of the financial sector before 2008, so the crisis wasn't really his fault.



    19. A wonderful book that puts the relationship between father and son in perspective. Regardless of political affiliation it is a book about family and service.


    20. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ultimately favorable to GHWB and GWB but didn't gloss over anything. I recommend it for history and political buffs. Even if you're not a Republican!


    21. Not normally something I would pick up, but after reading Sisters First, I took a shot. Super interesting, and full of surprising facts and information.


    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Bushes seem like okay people. Or do I feel this way because that was all along the sole intention of this book? You son of a bitch author, you did it.


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