Bush book paints heroic im­age of troops

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Hil­lel Italie

NEW YORK — The next book from for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush will be more about pic­tures than words.

“Por­traits of Courage: A Com­man­der in Chief ’s Trib­ute to Amer­ica’s War­riors” will fea­ture 66 oil paint­ings and a four-panel mural by Bush of mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and those in ac­tive ser­vice, the Crown Pub­lish­ing Group said Wed­nes­day. The book is sched­uled to come out Feb. 28, 2017, and it will in­clude an in­tro­duc­tion by Bush and fore­words by for­mer first lady Laura Bush and by Gen. Peter Pace, for­mer chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“This is a book about the men and women who have been tremen­dous na­tional as­sets in the Armed Forces — and who con­tinue to be vi­tal to the fu­ture suc­cess of our coun­try,” Bush writes in the in­tro­duc­tion. “The great­est honor of the pres­i­dency was look­ing them in the eye and salut­ing them as their Com­man­der in Chief. And I in­tend to sup­port and salute them for the rest of my life.”

The book will be re­leased in two edi­tions: a $35 hard­cover and a $250 “deluxe” vol­ume, cloth-bound and signed by Bush.

Ac­cord­ing to Crown, “Por­traits of Courage” also will have sto­ries writ­ten by Bush in “his inim­itable voice” about each of the sub­jects. “As the sto­ries un­fold — some of them in­spir­ing, some of them heart- break­ing — readers will en­counter the faces and the hearts 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,” the pub­lisher’s state­ment reads.

Bush, an avid painter since leav­ing the White House, is do­nat­ing any net author pro­ceeds to the Ge­orge W. Bush Pres­i­den­tial Cen­ter and its Mil­i­tary Ser­vice Ini­tia­tive.

CROWN

A com­ing book from for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, an avid painter since leav­ing the White House, will fea­ture 66 oil paint­ings and a four­panel mural of mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and those in ac­tive ser­vice, the Crown Pub­lish­ing Group says.

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