Author of controversial Bush biography to speak in Westport
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of a new biography of former President George H.W. Bush — which recently made headlines with Bush’s criticism of his son’s top presidential advisers — will speak Dec. 12 at a Westport Library program set for Town Hall.
Jon Meacham will discuss his book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Tickets are required for the program. Copies of the book are on sale for $30 and include two priority seating tickets; open seating tickets are also on sale. The program is co-sponsored by the Westport Historical Society and the Yale Club of Eastern Fairfield County.
In researching the book, Meacham draws on the 41st president’s personal diaries, the diaries of his wife Barbara and direct access to his family. Among the events the biography covers are the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Communist regimes, as well as the first Gulf War.
It also includes the 91-year-old Bush’s critical remarks about top officials in the administration of his son, President George W. Bush, which generated national headlines. In a New York Times report on the controversy, the elder Bush said Dick Cheney, his son’s vice president, was “very hard-line” and too eager to “use force to get our way.” Donald Rumsfeld, the younger Bush’s defense secretary, was an “arrogant fellow” full of “swagger,” the father said. The elder Bush also described both men with the phrase, “iron-ass.”
George H.W. Bush, the son of Prescott Bush, a one-time U.S. senator from Connecticut, over the course of his public service career also served as a congressman, ambassador, Republican National Committee chairman, Central Intelligence Agency director and vice president in Ronald Reagan’s administration.
“Altogether fair, insightful ... a portrait made especially compelling by the author’s remarkable access to Bush’s private White House diaries. This is a timely, first-rate book!” writer-historian David McCullough is quoted in library publicity for Meacham’s appearance.
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