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The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty

September 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Image result for the matriarchBarbara Pierce Bush was one of the country’s most popular and powerful figures, yet her full story has never been told.

THE MATRIARCH tells the riveting tale of a woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Written by USA TODAY’s Washington Bureau chief Susan Page, this biography is informed by more than one hundred interviews with Bush friends and family members, hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final six months of her life, and access to her diaries that spanned decades. THE MATRIARCH examines not only her public persona but also less well-known aspects of her remarkable life.

As with many women of her era, Barbara Bush was routinely underestimated, her contributions often neither recognized nor acknowledged. But she became an astute and trusted political campaign strategist and a beloved First Lady. She invested herself deeply in expanding literacy programs in America, played a critical role in the end of the Cold War, and led the way in demonstrating love and compassion to those with HIV/AIDS. With her cooperation, this book offers Barbara Bush’s last words for history — on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family’s legacy.

Cosponsored with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Susan Page is a journalist, a biographer, and the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today.

Details

Date:
September 11, 2019
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Organizers

Brian Franklin
Ronna Spitz

Venue

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium)
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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