I enjoyed this book much more than I expected I would. Bush was president at a crucial time in U.S. and world history. As the Soviet Union crumbled, the Berlin Wall fell, and the world seemed to scramble into new enemies and alliances, this is a fascinating exploration of exciting times for the planet.
The real gem here is the commentary by Bush 21 years or so after his presidency. Yes, you can see the speeches on YouTube or CSpan. But I learned most from the commentary of the aged elder Bush, in his own words. He reveals in this book that he was not certain at all that he would win the presidency, or even the nomination, as all polls put him in third place. He would often read the speeches before speaking, and would sometimes cry, since they were often emotional (and reveals that the Navy Hymn always makes him cry). He had a deep fear that he wasn't as good a speaker as Reagan, his predecessor.
He was hurt that many in the Republican Party criticized his Clean Air Act, as he considered himself an outdoorsman, thought the national parks was one of the best things the USA ever did, and wanted his party to be the one that protected the environment.
And he had always thought that the Romanians were the eastern block country most opposed to the Soviet Union, and when Lech Walesa in Poland started a movement, U.S. Attention immediately changed to support polish interests, which surprised many in the State Dept and Council on Foreign Relations.
All in all, very enjoyable. I learned a lot about this time in history.