Bush writes book about Bush
July 31st, 2014
08:43 AM ET
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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.

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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.

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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. george kamburoff

    Barney is writing it for him.

    July 31, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. yolanda

    Interesting to note all of the posters here who are so quick to label anyone who says anything negative about Obama "haters" and are full of sophomoric negative remarks about Bush. Pure hypocrisy.

    July 31, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Tamars

    I wouldn't check this book out of the library. He has nothing to say that I need to hear – unless of course he gets a conscience and tells the truth of why he lied about getting the US into a deadly pricey war that was not necessary and only threw our own country into disarray.

    July 31, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Smith

    A book about lies to by a liar. This is going to be interesting. It's not like either one of these guys ever really accomplished anything meaningful during their tenures as President, expect to further destroy this nation.

    July 31, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. HenryMason

    Written in crayon.

    July 31, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Peter Gerdeman

    Why are we reading/hearing this *stuff*? GHW Bush was viewed as a good person, effective leader, and mostly honest. Unfortunately not so much with his son. In GW's earlier book, Decision Points, he failed to take responsibility for the pre-emptive war in Iraq, in which Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, nor was any WMD found. Iraq was never our enemy. Two other books, one from his biographer, and the other from his second Press Secretary, both said – GW intended to go to war with Iraq before he was even elected. Instead of celebrating his abstractions, including continuing self-congratulations, and lies – many look forward to GW taking responsibility for what he and his administration did, and then doing the right things for atonement. Hopefully before Judgement Day.

    July 31, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. greenaxe

    The difference between Bush and Obama is Bush made himself look bad, where the GOP was very instrumental in making Obama look bad.

    July 31, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. jamesphotomanak

    Bad comedy,,,

    July 31, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. John Ericson

    God bless President GW Bush and his wonderful father. We could use leadership such as this today in our nation.

    July 31, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. DustyOnesIsBack

    Such hate from the secular progressives....none of which must have a job.

    July 31, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. sly

    I hope there is a good section about the amount of cocaine run through Noriega by the CIA while Bush was the head of the CIA. Funny how he went from close personal friends of Noriega (boy the Bushes love fascist dictators dont they?) to silencing him in jail.

    Bush Sr was smarter than the lessor Bush, but a heck of a lot more corrupt. Terrible Presidents, both.

    July 31, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. 1776usa2016

    Who cares?

    Bush Sr. spent 8 years architecting NAFTA and that turned out a disaster.

    Bush Jr. goes and attacks 2 wrong countries and costs US taxpayers over $4.4 Trillion.

    One book I won't be reading.

    July 31, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC


    The difference between Bush and Obama is Bush made himself look bad, where the GOP was very instrumental in making Obama look bad.
    Actually, the Republican Party made both of them look bad. Dubya simply failed to recognize what was going on in time.

    July 31, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. AZ Dem

    As President of the United States...they both "SUCKED!" They only accomplishment was us getting into wars we did not need! And making themselves richer.

    July 31, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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