George Bush was a throwback to a different era. A patrician figure not known for his eloquence, Bush readily dismissed ideology as “the vision thing.” 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 wisely shepherded Soviet reformers through the liberalization of their system and skillfully orchestrated the reunification of Germany. And following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he united the global community to defeat Saddam Hussein. At home, Bush reasserted the principle of fiscal discipline after the excesses of the Reagan years.
It was ultimately his political awkwardness that cost George Bush a second term. His toughest decisions widened fractures in the Republican Party, and with his party divided, Bush lost his bid for reelection in 1992. In a final irony, the conservatives who scorned him would return to power eight years later, under his son and namesake, with the result that the elder George Bush would see his reputation soar.
The judicious statesman who won victories abroad but suffered defeat at home, whose wisdom and demeanor served America well at a critical time,
Timothy Naftali is the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, having previously served as director of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia. He is the coauthor of Khrushchev’s Cold War and One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Kennedy, Castro, and the Cuban Missile Crisis 1958-1964, and the author of Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism. He lives in Los Angeles.
Patrick Frederic has narrated many audiobooks, including James McManus’ Physical, Max Barry’s Jennifer Government, and Timothy Naftali’s George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series. Frederic has also appeared in various films, including 200 Cigarettes, Another Bed, and The Big Easy. His television work includes guest roles on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Saturday Night Live. On stage, he has appeared in such shows as Perfect Crime, Measure for Measure, and Sex, Religion, Politics.
George H. W. Bush was published on December 10, 2007.The George H. W. Bush Audiobook is 1178 hours and 20 minutes. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
George H. W. Bush includes the following subjects: United States / 20th Century. The BISAC Subject Code is Biography & Autobiography, Presidents & Heads of State.
The author of George H. W. Bush is Timothy Naftali.
The narrator for the George H. W. Bush Audiobook is Patrick Frederic.