George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story

George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story


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From teenage love to World War II to the White House—a love affair for the ages rooted in family and service.

"The First Couple of the Greatest Generation, the Bushes were bright and funny, strong and devoted, loving and enduring. Here is their story, wonderfully told by a granddaughter raised in the warm ethos of a fabled American family.” —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.

“To begin with I was in love and I am in love so that’s not hard,” Barbara Bush told her granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa on her porch in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Sosa had asked for the secret to her and President George H.W. Bush's 77-year love affair that withstood World War II separation, a leap of faith into the oil fields of West Texas, the painful loss of a child, a political climb to the highest office, and after the White House, the transition back to a “normal” life.

Through a lifetime’s worth of letters, photographs, and stories, Sosa and coauthor Kelly Anne Chase paint the portrait of the enduring relationship of George and Barbara Bush. Sharing intimate interviews with the Bushes and family friends, this is a never-before-seen look into the private life of a very public couple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608939732
Publisher: Down East Books
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 53,830
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

President and Mrs. Bush’s granddaughter, Ellie LeBlond Sosa, is based in Boston, Massachusetts, where she works for a healthcare nonprofit. Her passion though lies in health and wellness. She earned her certificate as a holistic health counselor in 2013 and teaches fitness in Boston as well as on retreats for women around the world. Ellie met her husband of four years at her grandparent’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and was married there in 2014. Her grandparent’s love story is one that she looks up to and strives to emulate in her own life.

Kelly Anne Chase is a New England-based writer and magazine editor. She earned her bachelor’s in history from American University and her master’s in publishing and writing from Emerson College. She lives with her husband on the South Shore of Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Author's Note xvii

1 They Meet 1

2 Poppy 7

3 Courting 21

4 Phillips Academy 25

5 Bar 29

6 "I'm Going In." 43

7 Secret's Safe 53

8 Secret's Out 55

9 Halfway Across the World 61

10 Word from Home 69

11 A Time for Celebration 79

12 Then There Were Three 87

13 Promises of West Texas 99

14 Friends, Faith, and Family 111

15 Off They Go! 123

16 Diving Head-First into the World of Politics 137

17 Distance, It's Good for the Heart 151

18 Back in the Races 161

19 First Couple 179

20 FLFW & FFLFW 193

21 Anchor to Windward 201

Sources 209

About The Authors 221

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