Happy Memorial Day 2015 to all of our veterans and their families! God bless you all! I thought it fitting to do my book review of the upcoming release from Broadside, a division of Harper Collins. ′The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush′ by John H. Sununu is scheduled to go on sale June 9, 2015. The former Chief of Staff for Bush ′41 writes an excellent chronicle of their four years in the White House. From the Savings and Loan crisis, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the break up of the Warsaw Pact, the reunification of Germany, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and our war to liberate, through the final collapse of the Soviet Union. Sununu was there in the thick of it with his boss, George H. W. Bush, and provides us with a ring-side seat to history.
Whether you like George H. W. Bush or not, you have to admit that he was one of the most professionally prepared men to ever occupy the Oval Office. He got his ticket punched everywhere! A World War 2 combat veteran, businessman, Congressman, ambassador, CIA director, Vice President. And as Thurston Howell III would say, he′s a Yale Man! So, unlike our current occupant of the White House, Bush ′41 had a very deep and broad skill set, tailor made for running the United States of America.
Sununu offers little fluff in his chronicle. The Bush ′41 administration hit the ground running as they were immediately faced with the S&L crisis. Not long after that a whole kettle of international problems challenged the Leader of the Free World. About the only silly anecdote in the book was when Sununu and other staffers played a trick on their boss. ′Doonesbury′ cartoonist, Gary Trudeau, had been depicting Bush in his comic strip as being invisible and went by the name of President Skippy. During a meeting in the Oval Office, Bush excused himself briefly, prompting Sununu to call in the White House photographer and taking a picture of he and other staffers having an animated discussion with an empty chair. They later presented an autographed copy to their boss, President Skippy.
Perhaps my favorite section of the book was the coverage of the Gulf War. Here we saw George H. W. Bush at his best. In late October of 1990, Army Chief of Staff Colin Powell, arrived at the White House and informed his Commander in Chief that if they wanted to throw Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait by force, they would need twice as many troops that had already been deployed under Operation Desert Shield. Plus more tanks, planes, ships, etc. Unlike Barack Obama, who needed over six months before deciding to allow our Navy SEALs to go for Osama bin Laden, Bush ′41 didn′t need 6 seconds to decide. Nor consultations with Congress, advisers, nor results from a poll or focus group. He told Powell you got it and if you need more, lemme know! What a guy!
So if you are into politics and or American history, ′The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush′ by John H. Sununu is a good book for you! Published by Broadside, a division of Harper Collins, it is set for release on June 9, 2015. I would like to thank the good folks at Harper Collins for sending me an advanced copy to review. This one is a good read and would make a terrific Fathers Day gift. Enjoy!