Image Credits: George W. Bush Presidential Center
What has George W Bush, 43, been up to since he left office in January of 2009 and handed the White House over to Obama? Quite a lot, but his most recent endeavor will warm your heart. If you have kept up with W since he left office, you’ll know that he has really taken a shine to the Wounded Warrior Project and other initiatives to help veterans and especially those injured in combat. He’s also been painting quite a bit, which you may or may not know about. His latest project, Portraits of Courage: a Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, combines his two passions and the result is touching. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
This book is more than just the stories of veterans returned from war. It’s more than sob stories and stories of incredible strife overcome. It is a testament to the strength of the men and women who serve our country. It highlights the people who would give it all for what you and I too often take for granted. President Bush’s portraits of these people are amazing and coupled with their stories and accounts, you won’t be able to put this down until you get to the very end.
It is different than any book you’ll read. Perhaps it might make a great “coffee table” piece. It’s not a mystery novel or a thriller. You can take your time reading it without feeling like you’re going to find a spoiler on the internet, but you won’t want to put it down. You’ll want to devour this book and it will leave an impression on you, trust me. I read this book in one sitting, feasting on W’s attention to detail in each portrait and diving into the stories on the page.