Jon Meacham will be In Conversation about Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings about his New Hardcover Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.  Presented by Rainy Day Books & The Kansas City Star.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jon Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his Bestselling 2008 Biography of Andrew Jackson.  He is also the Author of The New York Times Bestsellers: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Franklin and Winston, and American GospelAn Executive Editor and Executive Vice President of Random House, Meacham divides his time between New York and Nashville, where he lives with his family.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From Pulitzer Prize-Winner and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author comes a biography of George H. W. Bush.  Based on rigorous research, interviews, and exclusive access to Bush’s diaries, DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham is an unprecedented, comprehensive portrayal of a unique American and a fascinating, consequential President. 

The first biographer to be granted unconditional access to Bush’s private, real-time tape-recorded diaries, Jon Meacham takes us inside the Oval Office as the commander-in-chief wrestles with the monumental crises of his time: the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Here is Bush making decisions about war and peace, and describing what it’s really like to be the most powerful man in the world.

Written with Meacham’s trademark narration, historical depth, and contemporary insight, this biography also recounts the formative events in the life of an intensely private man whom many Americans know only from a distance. Meacham brings Bush’s journey vividly to life. Beginning with the family's history working in a tool company in the Midwest in the late 1800's to his privileged childhood in Connecticut, through his heroic service in World War II, to his entry into the Texas oil business, to his career as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, CIA director, vice president, and then president. During his single term, Bush oversaw the end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany and the expulsion of Iraq from Kuwait. He is also the only man since John Adams to see his son follow him into the White House.

The picture that emerges is refreshing, often surprising. Even the most jaded observer of today’s bilious political scene will gain newfound respect for a leader who, Meacham argues, is the last gentlemen of American public life. For Bush was a president who embraced compromise, engaged his political foes, and was willing to break with the base of his own party to do what he thought was right, whatever the price. A product of the Greatest Generation, he was the kind of man who, while deeply driven by personal ambition, also believed, unabashedly and unironically, in the virtues of duty, honor, and country.

DESTINY AND POWER is a nuanced portrait of a leader who had more in common with the Founding Fathers than with contemporary politicians.  Meacham brilliantly explores the tension between the desire to be decent versus the desire to win in this story of a president whose vice was often his virtue.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Jon Meacham will be In Concersation with Vivien Jennings about his New Book Destiny and Power and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $35.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Autographed Hardcover of Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication & Sale Date for Destiny and Power is Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  All Orders will be processed immediately.  Books and Tickets will be available for In-Store pickup beginning Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the Will-Call Table of this Event if you are unable to pick them up ahead of time.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
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