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Portraits of courage : a commander in chief's tribute to America's warriors
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [2017]

© 2017

Physical Description:
191 pages, 2 folded leaves : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
A collection of military oil paintings and profiles presents the stories of post-9/11 veterans, their experiences on the battlefield, road to recovery, and continuing contributions as civilians.


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Book 759.13 BUS 1 .SOURCE. COSTCO
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Book 759.13 BUSH 1 .SOURCE. 04/17 B&T
Book 759.13 BUSH 1
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On Order

Prescott Public Library1Received on 2/23/17
Cottonwood Public Library1Received on 4/14/17



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A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America's military veterans. With Forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Growing out of President Bush's own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11--and whom he has come to know personally.

Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuries--both visible and invisible--that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: eighty-four percent say that the public has "little awareness" of the issues facing them and their families.

Each painting in this meticulously produced hardcover volume is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by the President. Readers can see the faces of those who answered the nation's call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield, their journeys to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians. It is President Bush's desire that these stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.

President Bush will donate his net author proceeds from PORTRAITS OF COURAGE to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.

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New York Review of Books Review

HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play, by Dominic Dromgoole. (Grove, $27.) To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, London's Globe Theater performed "Hamlet" all around the world. Dromgoole's witty account of the ambitious two-year tour offers insight about the play and its enduring appeal. ONE OF THE BOYS, by Daniel Magariel. (Scribner, $22.) After a brutal custody battle, two brothers watch their father drift into addiction in a gripping and heartfelt first novel that brims with wisdom about the self-destructive longing for paternal approval. A RABBLE OF DEAD MONEY: The Great Crash and the Global Depression, 1929-1939, by Charles R. Morris. (PublicAffairs, $29.99.) This accessible overview of the policy response to the Great Depression is a deft synthesis, blending colorful accounts of the past with the scholarly literature of the present. THE KNOWLEDGE ILLUSION: Why We Never Think Alone, by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach. (Riverhead, $28.) Two cognitive scientists argue that not only rationality but the very idea of individual thinking is a myth, and that humans think in groups. Providing people with more and better information is unlikely to improve matters. AMERICAN WAR, by Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.) El Akkad's first novel, a dark dystopian thriller, is set at the end of this century, when climate change, plague and intrastate conflict have laid the country to waste. MY CAT YUGOSLAVIA, by Pajtim Statovci. Translated by David Hackston. (Pantheon, $25.95.) Statovci's strange, haunting and utterly original exploration of displacement and desire interweaves the stories of a Kosovan woman and her son roiled by the aftershocks of exile. A singing, dancing cat encountered in a gay bar plays a role. PORTRAITS OF COURAGE: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, by George W. Bush. (Crown, $35.) The former president's paintings of veterans reveal a surprisingly adept artist who has dramatically improved his technique while also doing penance for a great disaster of American history. YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn, by Wendy Lesser. (Farrar, Straus&Giroux, $30.) Lesser's narrative of Kahn's tumultuous life and remarkable career is magnificently researched and gracefully written. SIGNS FOR LOST CHILDREN, by Sarah Moss. (Europa, paper, $19.) This fine exploration of a marriage between a doctor in Victorian England and her architect husband feels contemporary.

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