Book Review of
41: A Portrait of My Father
Forty-three men have served as President of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a President told the story of his father, another President, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and President. The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family. In addition, George W. Bush discusses his father’s influence on him throughout his own life, from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency.
When I saw this book promoted in a magazine, I knew I had to get it. I was glad I got because it gave a different view on a presidents’s life. Since it was by G.W. Bush, it is slightly bias towards his father. The book covered more of George H. W. Bush ‘s life before his presidency which most presidential books do not cover. The book did focus less on his presidency which was a little disappointing to me. This book was definitely worth my time and gave a good view into a president’s family.