In the intro, George W. writes that he heard David Mccollough lament that John Quincy Adams never wrote a bio of his father. So George W. sets out to rectify that here. It’s a pretty personal account of George H.W.’s life. Kind of funny how W. brings up parallels to his own presidency time and again – very different from a typical bio where the author keeps out of it.
George H. W. Bush is a great example of leadership and decency that I wish we had more of in our country today.
A few stories from the book stick in my mind. As a torpedo bomber pilot in the Navy, Bush was on a mission to attack Chichi Jima when his plane was hit by flak. He managed to bailout, but got injured in the process. Luckily some other plane dropped a raft and he madly paddled away from the nearby island. Some Japanese ships tried to get at him, but they backed off after being strafed by other Navy planes. Finally, a US submarine rescued Bush. Some of the Japanese later said how they marveled at all those resources being directed to save a single pilot.
Second is the tragedy of losing daughter Robin at age 3 to leukemia. I can’t imagine how this must make a parent feel.
Finally, there is the pain of loss in 1992. George seems to have a bit of a grudge against Ross Perot even now – the split vote was probably the reason for Bush’s loss.