Bush writes book about Bush
July 31st, 2014
08:43 AM ET
5 months ago

Bush writes book about Bush

Updated 12:26 p.m. ET, 7/31/2014

(CNN) - For George W. Bush, this project is personal.

The 43rd President of the United States has written a book about his father, who happens to be the nation's 41st president.

The biography about his father will hit book shelves on November 11, according to an announcement by Crown Publishers.

"George H. W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," the younger Bush said in a statement released Wednesday night. "I loved writing the story of his life, and I hope others enjoy reading it."

While countless books have been written about American presidents, the publishers say that "never before has a President told the story of his father, another President, through his own eyes and in his own words."

Maya Mavjee, the president and publisher of Crown Publishing, said "as the only father and son to each have served as President of the United States since John and John Quincy Adams, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush occupy a unique position in history," adding that the younger Bush has written a "heartfelt, intimate, and illuminating portrait of his father."

Crown Publishers says that there will be 1 million copies in the book's first printing, and that Random House Audio will simultaneously put out an audio edition. The currently untitled book is being released one week after November's midterm elections, which is when the next race for the White House unofficially begins.

Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday

The elder Bush, who turned 90 last month, was a fighter pilot during World War II. He served in Congress, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and was a director of the CIA. He was Ronald Reagan's vice president for two terms and followed him into the Oval Office in 1988 but lost to Democratic challenger Bill Clinton in 1992.

“He is of course touched – make that very touched," said Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 41st President.

This is George W. Bush's second book, following "Decision Points," a 2010 memoir that focused on the biggest decisions of his personal and political life. Crown says that book "is the bestselling Presidential memoir of all time, with more than three million units sold to-date in the U.S. alone across all formats."

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    It's probably a book with a bunch of pop up pictures and reads like a 3rd grader wrote it.

    July 31, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Reminds of another recent POTUS writing a book about his father.

    July 31, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Aww that's sweet....

    July 31, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Hector Slagg

    Gosh,
    Another American Success story. Should give all the hanger's on some hope for success. If not, on to food stamps!!

    July 31, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    The book could not be found at the George W. Bush library due to the fact that the library does not contain books.

    July 31, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    --don't buy, waste of money.

    July 31, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. rick

    Father through the sons views. Im guessing its the little things like going fishing.. Homework at rainy days.. Most everyone has may fond memories of the family life thats special to them.. And ill bet it will sell a WHOLE LOT better than a rambling book nobody wanted or is buying for last few months. And jumping out of a airplane at 90 is pretty drastic. By any view. Good luck on it.

    July 31, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Gunderson

    Well,
    If you don't have enough money to buy this book maybe you can pick up Hillary's Book, HARD CHOICES, if I remember correctly! It's so hard to remember!! I understand they are having a Fire Sale.

    July 31, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Hillary Inathong

    Hope it is a pop-up book! Haven't seen a good pop-up book in awhile. Unfortunately it will probably be just a coloring book as a connect the dots book may be too hard.

    July 31, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Well,
    If you don't have enough money to buy this book maybe you can pick up Hillary's Book, HARD CHOICES, if I remember correctly! It's so hard to remember!! I understand they are having a Fire Sale.
    -----------------------–
    You should contact someone about doing commercials and ads on that new Palin Channel.
    Your gobbledygook talk would be a smash hit.

    July 31, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House

    It's probably a book with a bunch of pop up pictures and reads like a 3rd grader wrote it.
    ----------------------------–
    Come on, man. Some of your posts disappoint me. This one fits into that category. You're stooping to their level.

    July 31, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Smarter than ewe

    In crayon, I'[m guessing?

    July 31, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Boo

    Did he use crayons when he wrote it?

    July 31, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Robert

    "after all this is the guy that tried to kill my dad"
    Bush 43
    The real reason we invaded Iraq

    July 31, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. mark

    MUST BE A PICTURE BOOK – SINCE "W" CAN'T READ, NOR WRITE. The first Bush was a joke and the second Bush was a disaster that the US may never recover from despite all the great things Obama is doing!!!

    July 31, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. mark

    at leasta Hillary's book has words that contain more than 5 letters!

    July 31, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    mark

    at least Hillary's book has words that contain more than 5 letters!
    ----------------------–
    ... at least Dubya has been a class act, and not followed the route taken by Cheney.

    July 31, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Phillp Bunn

    Couldn't this sorry era of history be captured in a one page pamphlet?

    July 31, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Justin

    I am sure when King Barry abnegates the throne, he will write a book too. It will be called "Memoirs of Mao".

    And Hillary's book will be named "Honk Honk on my Bedonkadonk"

    July 31, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. labman57

    Will it be titled "Mr. Misunderestimated"?

    July 31, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Jack

    All of you are so clever saying it's going to be a pop up book. I can't stop laughing.

    July 31, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. budshot

    Who is writing this book? It certainly isn't W.

    July 31, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Bill

    I did not know that "Dubya" could even write. He certainly never learned how to speak. Who cares? It is too bad that the son had to destroy the legacy of a man who actually accomplished something and served his country honorably in both the military and in government.

    July 31, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. LR

    Wouldn't buy it even when it's in the dollar bin.

    July 31, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. greenaxe

    Next project is a macaroni picture.

    July 31, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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