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Portraits of Courage

George W. Bush and Laura Bush


ISBN: 9780804189767
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"Growing out of President Bush's own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, [this book] brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11--and whom he has come to know personally ... Each painting in this ... hardcover volume is accompanied by the ... story of the veteran depicted, written by the President"--Amazon.com.
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ISBN: 9780804189767
ANNOTATION:
"Growing out of President Bush's own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, [this book] brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11--and whom he has come to know personally ... Each painting in this ... hardcover volume is accompanied by the ... story of the veteran depicted, written by the President"--Amazon.com.

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"Growing out of President Bush's own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, [this book] brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11--and whom he has come to know personally ... Each painting in this ... hardcover volume is accompanied by the ... story of the veteran depicted, written by the President"--Amazon.com.

Publisher Description

Growing out of President Bush's own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together 65 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11-and whom he has come to know personally. Each painting in this meticulously produced hardcover volume is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by the President. Readers can see the faces of those who answered the nation's call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield, their journeys to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians. It is President Bush's desire that these stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed. The author's net proceeds from this book will be donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative is focused on helping post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and on addressing issues of veteran wellness including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Author Biography

GEORGE W. BUSH is the 43rd President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as Governor of Texas. He and his wife, Laura, now live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. President Bush is also the author of two number one bestsellers- Decision Points, his presidential memoir; and 41, a biography of his father, President George H.W. Bush.

Review

"[A] departure from anything anyone named Bush -- or any other President -- has published after leaving office . . . Accompanying the portraits are stories, also written by Bush, about how each subject dealt with setback and then mounted a recovery. The paths are anything but straightforward, and Bush's book, in words and pictures, is a challenge and a road map for anyone who faces difficulty." -TIME "What an uplifting volume. It's a testament to, for sure, the GIs it portrays - and, by implication, to all our soldiers, airmen, and sailors. It's also a tale of life's capacity to surprise, its ability to hand up new and unexpected lives not only to these veterans but also to their constitutional commander." -Seth Lipsky, New York Post

"Evocative and surprisingly adept . . . After staring at the haunting close-up portraits of wounded warriors and reading the searing accounts of their suffering, I'm beginning to understand why this beautifully published book went to No. 1 on The Times's nonfiction best-seller list." -Jonathan Alter, the New York Times Book Review

"Most of [the portraits] show the head and face full size, seemingly bursting out of the frame with genuine presence and considerable expressive energy . . . There is genuine empathy in Bush's embrace of the stories told by these soldiers . . . He demonstrates in this book and in these paintings virtues that are sadly lacking at the top of the American political pyramid today: curiosity, compassion, the commitment to learn something new and the humility to learn it in public." -Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post

"[It's] impossible to look at these 98 extraordinary images without thinking deeply about the artist who made them: A leader who sent troops off to the battlefield, and who, so many years later, spends his days channeling the damaged but determined warriors who came home . . . Spend a little time in the presence of these pictures, and one is overwhelmed by their subjects' sacrifices, their courage, their strength and, in some cases, their turmoil." -Task and Purpose

Product Details

Author
George W. Bush, Laura Bush
Year
2017
ISBN-10
0804189765
ISBN-13
9780804189767
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
Random House Usa Inc
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Approx. 70- 4 colour illustrations
Publication Date
2017-02-17
Pages
128