All The Best

Version: Unabridged
Author: George Bush , Barbara Bush
Narrator: George Bush , Barbara Bush
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Literature, Politics, Law & Politics, Biography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Former President George H.W. Bush, revealed through his letters and writings from 1941 to 2010, is “worth its weight in gold…a valuable update of the life of an honorable American leader” (The Washington Post).

“Who knew that beneath George Bush’s buttoned-up propriety pulsed the warm heart of a prolific and occasionally poetic writer with a wacky sense of humor?” (People) Though reticent in public, George Bush openly shared his private thoughts in correspondence throughout his life. This collection of letters, diary entries, and memos is the closest we’ll ever get to his autobiography.

Organized chronologically, readers will gain insights into Bush’s career highlights—the oil business, his two terms in Congress, his ambassadorship to the UN, his service as an envoy to China, his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, and of course, the vice presidency, the presidency, and the post-presidency. They will also observe a devoted husband, father, and American. Ranging from a love letter to Barbara and a letter to his mother about missing his daughter, Robin, after her death from leukemia to a letter to his children written just before the beginning of Desert Storm, this collection is remarkable for Bush’s candor, humor, and poignancy.

“An unusual glimpse of the private thoughts of a public figure” (Newsweek), this revised edition includes new letters and photographs that highlight the Bush family’s enduring legacy, including letters that cover George W. Bush’s presidency, 9/11, Bush senior’s work with President Clinton to help the victims of natural disasters, and the meaning of friendship and family. All the Best, George Bush “will shed more light on the man’s personal character and public persona than any memoir or biography could” (Publishers Weekly).

Reviews (6)


Written by John V on October 14th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was skeptical at first, but ended up really enjoying this read.

Written by William Selph on May 23rd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed the book. I found it never really focused on partisan issues. His use of letter showed his thoughts at the moment, and his interpretation sometimes decades after the fact. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes political books or biographies.

All the Best #1

Written by Anonymous on October 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Thought this would be similar to the Ronald Reagan book, When Character was King. It wasn't. Interesting audiobook "reading" if you're a supporter of George Bush, Sr., but I wouldn't recommend to those not.

All the Best by George H Bush

Written by Laurel Cohen from Martinez, CA on June 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Surprisingly interesting, I was not a fan of Mr. Bush, but I felt very differently about him after hearing his candid letters. Especially meaningful was the way he remembered his little daughter who died of leukemia--even 40 years after her death as he won the nomination for president he was haunted by that memory of her passing on that same day. Having lost a son to the same disease I was very moved--I too still weep for my child. His humanity and compassion, and humor were so evident--a side of the man most of us never saw.

All the Best

Written by Anonymous on June 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. The bush family must never throw away any letter that they have ever written. Pres. Bush has been in the center of so much history. WWII, Watergate, CIA, VP, and on and on.

Enjoyable and Heart Warming

Written by LPM on December 27th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great book if you are a fan of the Bush Family. It is good to get to see the personal side of our public figures.

Author Details

Author Details

Bush, Barbara

"Rarely has a First Lady been greeted by the American people and the press with the approbation and warmth accorded to Barbara Pierce Bush. Perhaps this is prompted by the image she calls ""everybody's grandmother."" People are comfortable with her white hair, her warm, relaxed manner, and her keen wit. With characteristic directness, she says people like her because they know ""I'm fair and I like children and I adore my husband.""

Barbara was born in 1925 to Pauline and Marvin Pierce, who later became president of McCall Corporation. In the suburban town of Rye, New York, she had a happy childhood. She went to boarding school at Ashley Hall in South Carolina, and it was at a dance during Christmas vacation when she was only 16 that she met George Bush, a senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. They became engaged a year and a half later, just before he went off to war as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot. By the time George returned on leave, Barbara had dropped out of Smith College. Two weeks later, on January 6, 1945, they were married.

After the war, George graduated from Yale, and they set out for Texas to start their lives together. Six children were born to them: George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. Meanwhile, George built a business in the oil industry. With Texas as home base, he then turned to politics and public service, serving as a member of Congress, U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U. S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and later as Vice President. In those 44 years of marriage, Mrs. Bush managed 29 moves of the family.

When her husband was away, she became the family linchpin, providing everything from discipline to carpools. The death of their daughter Robin from leukemia when she was not quite four left George and Barbara Bush with a lifelong compassion. She says, ""Because of Robin, George and I love every living human more.""

Barbara Bush was always an asset to her husband during his campaigns for public office. Her friendly, forthright manner won her high marks from the voters and the press. As wife of the Vice President, she selected the promotion of literacy as her special cause. As First Lady, she called working for a more literate America the ""most important issue we have."" Involved with many organizations devoted to this cause, she became Honorary Chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush helped many causes--including the homeless, AIDS, the elderly, and school volunteer programs.

Today Barbara Bush lives in a home she and her husband built in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys being part of the community. Their children and grandchildren visit them often in Houston and at the family summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Devoted to her family, Mrs. Bush still finds time to work on an autobiography, serve on the Boards of AmeriCares and the Mayo Clinic, and continue her prominent role in the Barbara Bush Foundation. "