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Publisher's Summary

Barbara Bush is certainly among the most popular First Ladies ever to live in the White House. Politics aside, people worldwide have come to admire her wit, her candor and compassion, as well as her unswerving devotion to her husband and children.

In her memoir, Mrs. Bush for the first time gives listeners a very private look at a life lived in the public eye for more than 25 years. She begins with a compelling portrait of her early years, including: growing up in Rye, New York, and meeting George Bush; life as a young bride and mother, moving far away from home to West Texas; and the almost unbearable pain of losing a child.

With contemporary American history as the backdrop, Mrs. Bush remembers the shock of learning that her fiancé has been shot down in the Pacific during World War II; the disbelief when a black friend is refused service in a Southern restaurant in the 1950s; and the fear when she is caught in the middle of a student protest march in the 1960s.

She recounts her years in public life, from first moving to Washington when George Bush was elected to Congress; to her experience living in New York as the wife of the Ambassador to the United Nations and in China as wife of the U.S. envoy. She talks candidly about the ups and downs of three presidential campaigns and describes her role as the wife of the Vice President, culminating in the climactic White House years.

Drawing upon excerpts from her diary, which she has compiled for more than 30 years, Mrs. Bush takes us behind the scenes of the Persian Gulf conflict and the end of the Cold War. She talks about both the Bushes' struggle to overcome Graves' disease and how she faced the controversy that erupted at Wellesley College before her commencement speech.

Through the friendships she developed over the years with world leaders and their spouses, we meet and get to know the Gorbachevs, the Thatchers, the Mitterrands, the Mubaraks, and many others.

©1994 Barbara Bush (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Delighted To The Bone

I bought and read this book many years ago and enjoyed it so much I could not wait to hear Mrs. Bush read it to me.
I said at the time that I thought it one of the more delightful books I had read in twenty five years and after listening...I have not changed my mind.
It is so well done but I believe that to be true because in this case, truth is better than fiction. This is a real love story about people I can be VERY proud are Americans and served my country, each other, their family and friends with love, honor, and loyalty. And they love God...most important of all.
Very happy to experience such a fun peek into their lives.
GREAT READ!

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My husband and Iistened together

We listened around our campfire together. It was very easy to hear her emotion during the happy times and more through the sad times. Loved it!

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Barbara is real

I absolutely love Barbara Bush. I have followed her a long time. I dare say I voted for her husband twice because I love her! Yes she uses the same words for emphasis, and it’s how she really feels. What sweet and wonderful woman!

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Grace

A woman of great grace. Loved her perspective and storytelling. Made me long for a time when grace, class, manners and family were goals for women. She is worthy of looking up to in that regard. I felt like I was having coffee with her and only wish there had been more. Rest in peace dear lady. And thank you for your service to this nation.

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Beautiful

Barbara is a woman of dignity and elegance !
A must read .
She is a role model for all of us !

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Entertaining.

Humanized the Bush family to me. Left me wanting to know more. Great family with strengths and weaknesses like all others.

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Morals...

Seems like they were good, moral people...which is definitely what this country needed and still does!

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What a delight!

A beautiful reading of a wonderful life. Barbara Bush relates the story of her marriage, motherhood, and life in politics. She is entertaining, frank, and funny. Truly a national treasure.

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Interesting

I enjoyed this book very much. I loved it actually. I'm going to buy the paper book soon.

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A Great Lady!

I have always loved Barbara Bush. Hearing her narration was very comforting. It was almost like being there talking with her.