Author Talk: Jean Becker

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As chief of staff for President George H.W. Bush's for nearly 25 years, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge--and great honor--of being in charge of his state funeral. Full of heart and wisdom, The Man I Knew is a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best.

Bush's post-presidency was filled with determination, courage, love, hope, humor, and big ideas. He became best friends with Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him; developed the odd habit of jumping out of airplanes, and learned how to adjust to life in a wheelchair, after having lived most of his life as a high-energy athlete. He saw two sons become governors of their states, one of whom would go on to become President of the United States.