George H. W. Bush: An American Odyssey

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

George H. W. Bush: An American Odyssey by The Chicago Council

George H. W. Bush’s approach to leadership reflects the values of a bygone era, according to biographer Jon Meacham. “Bush 41’s” willingness to work towards political compromise, engage with opponents, and break with supporters when necessary, would likely seem out of place in today’s partisan political climate. Yet Bush achieved remarkable results, especially in the realm of foreign policy where he managed a peaceful conclusion to the Cold War, stewarded the reunification of Germany, and expelled Iraqi troops from Kuwait, all during a single term in office. As the US faces another period of geopolitical uncertainty what can today’s leaders learn from Bush’s beliefs, values, and leadership philosophy? And as a second son attempts to follow Bush’s footsteps into the Oval Office, how did his presidency become a political dynasty?

Jon Meacham's new book, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

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Speaker Bio


11:45 a.m.         
Registration and lunch

12:00 p.m.         
Presentation and discussion

1:15 p.m.            
Adjournment and book signing

Related Resources

"Bush 41 Hits 43's Aides in New Biography," David Wright and Tom LoBianco, CNN, 11/6/2015

"George HW Bush Slams Rumsfeld and Cheney in New Biography," BBC News, 11/5/2016

"First President George Bush Swings at Son’s Aides, Rattling Clan," Peter Baker, The New York Times, 11/5/2015
"What Did Bush 41 Think of His Son's Presidency? New Bio Reveals," PBS NewsHour, 11/5/15