A groundbreaking look at the lives of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words. In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty. Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other’s presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America’s role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.In 2016 George W. Bush lamented privately that he might be “the last Republican president.” Donald Trump’s election marked the end not only to the Bushes’ hold on the White House, but of a rejection of the Republican principles of civility and international engagement and leadership that the Bushes have long championed.The Last Republicans offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty-first and forty-third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican “establishment,” which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man.
The Last Republicans Review
- January 1, 1970YaaresseI thought this might be a chance to knock two presidential biographies off my list at the same time. Considering I nodded off twice trying to get through the sample--in the middle of the day and after a huge mug of coffee, no less--I'm taking a pass. I don't think it was the content so much as the writing.more
- January 1, 1970MatthewSort of "The Bushes For Beginners," the book eschews analyzing much of the deeper aspects of the Bushes' policies and personalities in favor of taking a thousand-foot view of their father-son relationship, set against a fairly straightforward historical tick-tock of each man's presidency.more
- January 1, 1970Chris CarsonNot meant as a comprehensive biography of the two ex Presidents, it delivers a great peak behind the scenes of a father and son - our first since the Adams - to serve. Enjoyed the fluid nature of the storytelling and the interesting ‘behind the scenes’ stories. Highly recommended.more
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