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by Mark K. Updegrove

  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Release date: 11-14-17
  • Language: English

A historian’s revealing and intimate portrait of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son – the first major biographical treatment of these two consequential presidents and figures in American history.

In 2016, the Republican base revolted against the GOP establishment that has become synonymous with the Bush name, choosing instead a political neophyte and antiestablishment outsider as the standard bearer of their party. Donald Trump’s election marked not only the end of a presidential dynasty but a rejection of the Republican principles and traditions the Bushes have long championed. Despite the Republicans’ surprise victory in 2016, behind closed doors the party remains divided between traditional conservatives, populists, and radical ideologues and faces an uncertain future. As presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove argues, Bush 41 and 43 are, in effect, the “last Republicans”.

In this balanced, illuminating audiobook, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes’ relationship from the birth of George W. through their postpresidential years and Jeb Bush’s failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes’ views on the current state of the nation and the GOP and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation. At last the famously circumspect Bushes offer unvarnished observations and revelations on everything from George W. Bush’s youthful indiscretions to the influence and perspectives they had on each other’s administration to their views on Donald Trump – and how they each voted in the 2016 election.

A candid and often surprising portrait of two men, The Last Republicans is also an elegy for the party of Reagan and Bush – and for the many thoughtful and prudent individuals who made up the “establishment” and are conspicuously lacking in today’s GOP.

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Author

Mark K. Updegrove

Language

English

Length

14 hrs and 24 mins

Narrated by

Milton Jeffers

Release date

11-14-17

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