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Biographer Gave Unprecedented Account Of ‘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.

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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.

At the time of its release in November 2015, the book gained headlines for its 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, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen discusses all of that with Meacham, and we learn about moments that underscore Houston’s influence on Bush and his life.

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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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