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George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993

George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993

(Book #41 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993

The judicious statesman who won victories abroad but suffered defeat at home, whose wisdom and demeanor served America well at a critical time: George H. W. Bush.

George Bush was a throwback to a different era. A patrician figure not known for eloquence, Bush dismissed ideology as the vision thing. Yet, as Timothy Naftali argues, no one of his generation was better prepared for the challenges facing the United States as the Cold War ended. Bush wisely encouraged the liberalization of the Soviet system and skillfully orchestrated the reunification of Germany. And following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he united the global community to defeat Saddam Hussein. At home, Bush reasserted fiscal discipline after the excesses of the Reagan years.

It was ultimately his political awkwardness that cost Bush a second term. His toughest decisions widened fractures in the Republican Party, and with his party divided, Bush lost his bid for reelection in 1992. In a final irony, the conservatives who scorned him would return to power eight years later, under his son and namesake, with the result that the elder George Bush would see his reputation soar.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2007-12-10
EditionFirst Edition
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Weight lbs
Timothy Naftali is a renowned historian, professor, and author who is best known for his extensive expertise in American presidential history and national security. He served as the first director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum from 2007 to 2011, bringing an unprecedented level of transparency and balance to the presentation of Nixon's complex legacy. Naftali's invaluable contribution, both as a public historian and academic scholar, has played a significant role in expanding our understanding of modern American history. As an esteemed author, Naftali's portfolio showcases a diverse range of topics, spanning everything from the Cold War, American presidential leadership to intelligence history, and more. His notable books include 'One Hell of a Gamble,' 'Krushchev's Cold War,' and 'George H. W. Bush,' reflecting his prowess in meticulously weaving historical narratives that are both engaging and enlightening. A Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and a Clinical Associate Professor of History at New York University, Naftali's influence extends well beyond the written word. His ability to translate his profound knowledge and insights into enlightening courses is widely appreciated by his students and peers. The breadth of his work reflects a deep commitment towards an unbiased understanding of history, making him a trusted voice in the field.

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