Portraits of Courage

Portraits of Courage

A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780804189767
Branch Call Number: 759.13 Bus
Characteristics: 191 pages, 2 folded leaves : colour illustrations ; 27 cm


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Nov 06, 2017

More of a coffee table book than an good read.

BostonPL_LauraB Apr 10, 2017

I applaud George W. Bush for finding another passion in life following his presidency and the sincere amount of help that he provides for veterans. So basically, I loved the idea of this book and the paintings and such, but it just got so repetitive in the write up about each veteran, that it lost it's meaning a bit? Still great to look through it, but reading it cover-to-cover was not the most engaging experience.

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