New York: Touchstone, A Simon and Schuster Co., 2000. Second Trade Edition First Printing. Wraps. Association Copy INSCRIBED on the president's personal tipped-in bookplate, "Les Csorba, Sr. / All the best, / George Bush", 6"x 9.25" pp.  7-640 with 16 pages of B&W photographic illustrations. Photographic wrappers bright and fine. A near-fine copy. Evidence of damp staining to bottom margin of interior; light soiling to bottom edge of pages. This edition is rarely found signed with the limited edition or hardback edition actually more common.
Because of George Herbert Walker Bush's public reticence to pen an autobiography, this collection of his writings serves as the most intimate portrait of the 41st president available. First published in 1999, Les Cscorba served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel for National Security Affairs during George H.W. Bush's administration, overseeing personnel recommendations for ambassadorships, official delegations, and presidential appointments to the Department of Defense, the State Department, and NASA. He also served as deputy special liaison on the 1988 Bush-Quayle campaign and on the President's Transition Team in 1989. Near fine. Item #63
"Unfortunately, over the next few weeks, I would send out a number of letters similar to this one. The final casualty count for Desert Storm was 148 Americans killed; 467 wounded: 'Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson: Barbara and I were deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your son, Private First Class Dion J. Stephenson, USMC. Our hearts - indeed, the hearts of all Americans - go out to you at this very difficult time..." (p 510).