Timothy Naftali – George H. W. Bush


George Bush was an uncomfortable leader, a distant patrician figure who spoke awkwardly and was long thought to lack “the vision thing”. And yet, as Timothy Naftali argues, there was no person of his generation better prepared for the challenges facing the United States as the Cold War ended. Bush brilliantly shepherded Russian reformers through the liberalization of their socialist system and skillfully orchestrated the reunification of Germany. And following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he united the global community to defeat and punish Saddam Hussein. Domestically, Bush reasserted principles of fiscal discipline and political accountability.

Yet it was ultimately his trademark propriety that cost Bush his chance at a second term. Bush’s landmark budget deal was characterized as a political defeat rather than a show of fiscal responsibility; his caution in dealing with Saddam Hussein was considered by many Republicans a pathetic compromise. With his party divided, Bush lost his bid for reelection in 1992, but in a final irony, the conservatives who scorned him would return to power eight years later, under his son and namesake.

Author: Timothy Naftali
Narrator: Patrick Frederic
Duration: 7 hours 3 minutes
Released: 7 Jul 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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George H. W. Bush wrote no memoir about his life or presidency. This biography is part of The American Presidents Series. Bush had been Reagans Vice President. In modern times very few V. P.s have been successful in being elected president. Bush inherited a recession, budget deficit, the savings and loan debacle. He had to deal with Noriega and Sadden Husseins invasion of Kuwait. The author proposed that Bush did an excellent job in dealing with the unraveling of the Soviet Bloc.

The book is well written and researched. Apparently, Bush kept a diary and the author had access to this. The book is concise and easy to read. Naftal packed a lot of information into the biography. This is an excellent book for those wanting a good review of Bushs presidency. At the end of the Audiobook is an interview with the author.

The book is just over seven hours. Patrick Frederic does a good job narrating the book. Frederic is a stage and film actor. He also narrates audiobooks.