Bush Memoir Due in 2010
You've seen the Oliver Stone movie, "W." But if you want a really sympathetic portrayal of the former president, you'll have to wait until 2010, when Crown (a division of Random House) will publish his memoir. The deal was announced today. The book is tentatively titled "Decision Points" and will focus on a dozen or so key points in Bush's life, according to an Associated Press story. How do I know it will be sympathetic to Bush? Just a hunch.
I have two big hopes for the memoir. First, that it will not be dull -- at least not as dull as "Speaking of Freedom: The Collected Speeches of George H.W. Bush" (that's the first President Bush) which came out not long ago. The second is that it will give the definitive account of Bush's religious conversion.
I know, a lot of folks will think, who cares about that -- we want to know why he invaded Iraq, or something important. But as I noted in a Post story a few years back, there are two accounts of how Bush came to Jesus, one in which Billy Graham played the central role and the other in which the central role was played by Arthur Blessitt, an evangelist known for dragging a heavy, 12-foot cross around the world. The Blessitt story -- involving a classic "born again" moment -- is well known among Bush's supporters in the evangelical Christian community but is little known to the general public. Most media accounts I've seen just credit Billy Graham, or else suggest that Bush's conversion was tied to his drinking, which is not exactly what Bush himself has said (the former president suggested in various ways on various occasions that his faith helped him to give up alcohol, but NOT that he found his faith because of his drinking). Even the Graham story is fuzzy -- as far as I'm aware, Bush has never publicly divulged what, exactly, Graham said to him in their private talk (in Maine, in 1985) that changed his life. Seems like an important "Decision Point."
What are you hoping to read about in this memoir?
By Alan Cooperman |
March 18, 2009; 6:23 PM ET
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