The Last Republicans by Mark K. Updegrove

The Last Republicans

By Mark K. Updegrove

  • Publication Date: 2017-11-14
  • Genre: United States

Book Overview

A groundbreaking look at the lives of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words.

In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty.

Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other’s presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America’s role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

In 2016 George W. Bush lamented privately that he might be “the last Republican president.” Donald Trump’s election marked the end not only to the Bushes’ hold on the White House, but of a rejection of the Republican principles of civility and international engagement and leadership that the Bushes have long championed.

The Last Republicans offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty-first and forty-third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican “establishment,” which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man.

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Recent Reviews

  • Worth a read

    By JCWeasley
    An entertaining book with lots of information, but the writing...! Wow! This writer pens the longest, most wandering sentences I've seen since I read Pearl Buck, and not crafted nearly as well as hers. He sometimes loses the thread of the thought, as well as the reader's patience before some sentences finally come to an end. Some are so long that the writer has annoyingly neglected the grammar. I'm all for flow, but not at the expense of coherence. Still, a good read, although Bush-haters won't like it much.