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The Last Republicans - Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush-logo

The Last Republicans - Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

Mark K. Updegrove

An historian's revealing and intimate portrait of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son—the first major biographical treatment of these two consequential presidents and figures in American history. In 2016 the Republican base revolted against the GOP establishment that has become synonymous with the Bush name, choosing instead a political neophyte and anti-establishment outsider as the standard bearer of their party. Donald Trump's election marked the end not only of a presidential dynasty, but a rejection of the Republican principles and traditions the Bushes have long championed. Despite the Republicans' surprise victory in 2016, behind closed doors the party remains divided between traditional conservatives, populists, and radical ideologues, and faces an uncertain future. As presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove argues, Bush 41 and 43 are in effect, the "last Republicans." In this balanced, illuminating book, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes' relationship from the birth of George W. through their post-presidential years and Jeb Bush's failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP, and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation. At last, the famously circumspect Bushes offer unvarnished observations and revelations on everything from George W. Bush's youthful indiscretions to the influence and perspectives they had on each other's administration to their views on Donald Trump—and how they each voted in the 2016 election. A candid and often surprising portrait of two men, The Last Republicans is also an elegy for the party of Reagan and Bush—and for the many thoughtful and prudent individuals who made up the "establishment," and are conspicuously lacking in today's GOP.

An historian's revealing and intimate portrait of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son—the first major biographical treatment of these two consequential presidents and figures in American history. In 2016 the Republican base revolted against the GOP establishment that has become synonymous with the Bush name, choosing instead a political neophyte and anti-establishment outsider as the standard bearer of their party. Donald Trump's election marked the end not only of a presidential dynasty, but a rejection of the Republican principles and traditions the Bushes have long championed. Despite the Republicans' surprise victory in 2016, behind closed doors the party remains divided between traditional conservatives, populists, and radical ideologues, and faces an uncertain future. As presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove argues, Bush 41 and 43 are in effect, the "last Republicans." In this balanced, illuminating book, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes' relationship from the birth of George W. through their post-presidential years and Jeb Bush's failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP, and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation. At last, the famously circumspect Bushes offer unvarnished observations and revelations on everything from George W. Bush's youthful indiscretions to the influence and perspectives they had on each other's administration to their views on Donald Trump—and how they each voted in the 2016 election. A candid and often surprising portrait of two men, The Last Republicans is also an elegy for the party of Reagan and Bush—and for the many thoughtful and prudent individuals who made up the "establishment," and are conspicuously lacking in today's GOP.
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An historian's revealing and intimate portrait of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son—the first major biographical treatment of these two consequential presidents and figures in American history. In 2016 the Republican base revolted against the GOP establishment that has become synonymous with the Bush name, choosing instead a political neophyte and anti-establishment outsider as the standard bearer of their party. Donald Trump's election marked the end not only of a presidential dynasty, but a rejection of the Republican principles and traditions the Bushes have long championed. Despite the Republicans' surprise victory in 2016, behind closed doors the party remains divided between traditional conservatives, populists, and radical ideologues, and faces an uncertain future. As presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove argues, Bush 41 and 43 are in effect, the "last Republicans." In this balanced, illuminating book, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes' relationship from the birth of George W. through their post-presidential years and Jeb Bush's failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP, and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation. At last, the famously circumspect Bushes offer unvarnished observations and revelations on everything from George W. Bush's youthful indiscretions to the influence and perspectives they had on each other's administration to their views on Donald Trump—and how they each voted in the 2016 election. A candid and often surprising portrait of two men, The Last Republicans is also an elegy for the party of Reagan and Bush—and for the many thoughtful and prudent individuals who made up the "establishment," and are conspicuously lacking in today's GOP.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Milton Jeffers

Length:

14h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

23:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

20:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

20:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

21:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

18:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

14:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

15:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

14:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

27:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

11:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:12