Kurt Viermetz Lecture
George H.W. Bush and the American Century: A Biographer’s Reflections
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Raised in privilege, decorated in war, adventurous in business, gracious in manner, and dogged in politics, George Herbert Walker Bush embodied a powerful American consensus about the nation’s role in the world as the Cold War came to an end and a divisively partisan culture took root in Washington. As Bush’s biographer, presidential historian Jon Meacham was granted unconditional access to the forty-first President’s diaries, files, and family—including his wife Barbara Bush’s decades-long personal diary. The result was the bestselling Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (2015), an intimate portrait of the possibilities of power, blessings of opportunity, and the perils of a perennially raucous democracy.