Destiny and Power - The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush-logo

Destiny and Power - The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Jon Meacham

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review | Time | NPR | St. Louis Post-Dispatch In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush's candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Rich

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael

Length:

25h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

30:39


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

29:18


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

25:12


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

23:50


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:11


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:25


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

17:35


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

22:19


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

27:32


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

18:42


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

37:06


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

17:39


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

34:04


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

01:00:01


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

28:25


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

46:04


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

38:20


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

33:07


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

33:13


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

14:32


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

39:18


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

38:45


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

12:51


Part 5, Chapter 23
Part 5, Chapter 23

21:21


Part 5, Chapter 24
Part 5, Chapter 24

33:20


Part 5, Chapter 25
Part 5, Chapter 25

23:24


Part 5, Chapter 26
Part 5, Chapter 26

54:52


Part 5, Chapter 27
Part 5, Chapter 27

20:51


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

20:50


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

58:39


Part 6, Chapter 30
Part 6, Chapter 30

13:20


Part 6, Chapter 31
Part 6, Chapter 31

17:14


Part 6, Chapter 32
Part 6, Chapter 32

31:09


Part 6, Chapter 33
Part 6, Chapter 33

28:57


Part 6, Chapter 34
Part 6, Chapter 34

16:51


Part 6, Chapter 35
Part 6, Chapter 35

31:42


Part 6, Chapter 36
Part 6, Chapter 36

30:36


Part 6, Chapter 37
Part 6, Chapter 37

31:31


Part 6, Chapter 38
Part 6, Chapter 38

22:37


Part 6, Chapter 39
Part 6, Chapter 39

14:46


Part 6, Chapter 40
Part 6, Chapter 40

20:04


Part 6, Chapter 41
Part 6, Chapter 41

29:10


Part 6, Chapter 42
Part 6, Chapter 42

31:54


Part 6, Chapter 43
Part 6, Chapter 43

39:54


Part 6, Chapter 44
Part 6, Chapter 44

43:59


Part 6, Chapter 45
Part 6, Chapter 45

21:21


Part 6, Chapter 46
Part 6, Chapter 46

31:42


Part 7, Chapter 47
Part 7, Chapter 47

20:16


Part 7, Chapter 48
Part 7, Chapter 48

28:07


Part 7, Chapter 49
Part 7, Chapter 49

50:55


Part 7, Chapter 50
Part 7, Chapter 50

38:58


Part 7, Chapter 51
Part 7, Chapter 51

16:37


Part 7, Chapter 52
Part 7, Chapter 52

05:01


Part 7, Chapter 53
Part 7, Chapter 53

00:36