"First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty" by Bill Minutaglio, details the history and upbringing of this year's Republican candidate and gives insight as to the impact his family heritage has had on him as a person, and who and what has influenced him as a politician. The biography is mostly nonjudgmental towards George W. Bush, but does paint an image of him and his family that is exactly what he has been trying to deny throughout his whole political life: he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and has led a largely unremarkable life that has left him unqualified as a candidate for President of the United States.
George W.'s grandfather Prescott Bush was the first Bush to attend Yale. George W. saw him as a living legacy of the family's success. While at Yale, he was a golfer, football player, and baseball player, and a member of the glee club. He served in Word War I as well, as an army captain assigned to a field artillery unit in France. By 1921, Prescott had married Dorothy Walker and they settled in Greenwich, Connecticut where they raised five children, among them George W.'s father.
Prescott's second son, George Herbert Walker Bush, attended the finest prep school in the country, Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He would graduate and then immediately enlist in the Navy, where he became a fighter pilot and was rewarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross after being shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and being rescued by an American submarine. Once returning home, he followed in his father's footsteps and enrolled in Yale. While there he majored in economics, was a captain of the baseball team, a...
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...oughout his whole life. He believes that what is best for private business is also what's best for the country, and I couldn't agree with this view more. That is the impression that I get from this book, and also the impression that I get from seeing Bush speak.
I am a Bush supporter, and this book did nothing to sway me away from that stance but did give me a solid overview of his life and past experiences in a mostly partisan view. I do believe he will be a respectable and also exceptional president. He has been involved with politics all his life, but I do not believe he has a "Washington" type attitude. He knows his own limits, and will surround himself with skilled people, and will be able to organize and lead these people the way he has done throughout his life, as illustrated by Bill Minutaglio in "First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty."
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