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Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush

Jon Meacham explored how George H.W. Bush conducted himself throughout his life using extensive interviews with the former president, his family, friends, and colleagues.

Jon Meacham Destiny and Power book

Destiny and Power Book Cover George HW BushIn the development of his biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, historian Jon Meacham conducted extensive interviews over a decade with the 41st President, his family, friends, and colleagues and was granted access to the former president’s audio diaries and First Lady Barbara Bush’s diary.

The book, just out this week, has gained headlines for revelations from the elder Bush about his willingness to risk impeachment, if necessary, to engage in the first Gulf War, as well as some critiques of his son’s presidency.

In the audio above, we discuss all of that — but also learn about moments that underscore Houston’s influence on the man and his life as we talk with Meacham.


Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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