George H.W. Bush / Timothy Naftali.
By: Naftali, Timothy J.Material type: TextSeries: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm)): 41.Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: xviii, 202 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780805069662; 0805069666.Subject(s): Bush, George, 1924- | Presidents -- United States -- Biography | United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-1993DDC classification: 973.928092 | B LOC classification: E882 | .N34 2007
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -185) and index.
Poppy -- The understudy -- Cleaning up Reagan's mess -- Unexpected greatness -- Commander in chief -- The collapse -- Paterfamilias.
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 biographer Naftali argues, no one 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. 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. Ultimately, his political awkwardness cost Bush a second term: his toughest decisions widened fractures in the Republican Party, and 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.--From publisher description.