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In this powerful new collection of oil paintings and stories, President George W. Bush spotlights the inspiring journeys of America’s immigrants and the contributions they make to the life and prosperity of our nation.

The issue of immigration stirs intense emotions today, as it has throughout much of American history. But what gets lost in the debates about policy are the stories of immigrants themselves, the people who are drawn to America by its promise of economic opportunity and political and religious freedom - and who strengthen our nation in countless ways.

In the tradition of Portraits of Courage, President Bush’s number-one New York Times best seller, Out of Many, One brings together 43 full-color portraits of men and women who have immigrated to the United States, alongside stirring stories of the unique ways all of them are pursuing the American Dream. Featuring men and women from 35 countries and nearly every region of the world, Out of Many, One shows how hard work, strong values, dreams, and determination know no borders or boundaries and how immigrants embody values that are often viewed as distinctly American: optimism and gratitude, a willingness to strive and to risk, a deep sense of patriotism, and a spirit of self-reliance that runs deep in our immigrant heritage. In this audiobook, we meet a North Korean refugee fighting for human rights, a Dallas-based CEO who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico at age 17, and a NASA engineer who as a girl in Nigeria dreamed of coming to America, along with notable figures from business, the military, sports, and entertainment. President Bush captures their faces and stories in striking detail, bringing depth to our understanding of who immigrants are, the challenges they face on their paths to citizenship, and the lessons they can teach us about our country’s character.

As the stories unfold in this vibrant book, listeners will gain a better appreciation for the humanity behind one of our most pressing policy issues and the countless ways in which America, through its tradition of welcoming newcomers, has been strengthened by those who have come here in search of a better life.

Read by President George W. Bush, with additional audio provided by many of the paintings’ subjects.

*This audiobook includes a full-color PDF of all of the portraits and murals featured in the book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 George W. Bush (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • Jacob E. Cowe
  • 24-04-21

Beautiful book filled with emotion

As for the policy GW stands for we’re miles apart. However he really cares for people and the history of this nation.

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  • Townsend
  • 21-04-21

What a lovely book!

I live in one of the most diverse cities in the US, mostly because of immigrants and first-generation Americans. This book reminded me of why I love that. It celebrates the spirit and courage of those who are willing to sacrifice all that is familiar, including friends and extended families, to come here seeking a better life. Each story is short but inspiring, and most include statements from the people featured. From a parking lot attendant to Secretaries of State, the stories remind us that although we have many problems, we still have so much for which to be thankful. Learn why these people came here and what attaining citizenship means to them. Take a closer look at what they contribute to our nation. Take a few hours off and listen to something about what’s good in the US.

The pdf with all the portraits painted by George W. Bush are delightful.

For any other book, Bush would not be a great choice for narrator but this book wouldn’t sound right in any other voice.

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  • Brent K
  • 20-04-21

Thanks, 43, for an Authentic View on Immigration

I enjoyed Dubbya's narration and appreciate the stories from the individuals in the book. Take a brief pause in 2021 to put immigration and The American Dream back in perspective from an authentic Texan.

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  • Ell Jay Lindsey
  • 20-06-21

George Bush at his finest - Ell Jay Lindsey

This book really let people see the human side of George Bush that many Presidents don’t get to expose. Huge George Bush fan & he has found his second calling in life with storytelling and painting. - Ell Jay Lindsey

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  • JESSE E PURCELL
  • 10-06-21

compationate

cried and was encouraged by the stories. great to hear George's voice and the voice of the immigrants

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  • Creampuff
  • 17-03-22

Should be a requirement at school

I adore President Bush, his father and entire family. I am an immigrant that escaped Iran in 1979. We came here legally. Immigrant are a big part of our country. I believe you have to follow the law. I believe if you are here illegally, you need to go back so as your children that were born in USA. I believe in 1600, US needed workers and the law made one a US citizen if you were born here. This law should change and does not apply to todays time. I believe the immigration laws should allow qualified people in and a path to citizenship. Thank you president Bush for being one of the best president this country has had.

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  • John A.
  • 02-02-22

A fantastic book

An eye opening book on the wonders and untold generalizations of immigration and what it really means to be American. I liked the book a lot and highly recommend it.

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  • J BiZZle
  • 28-01-22

great stories

I'm an OIF Combat Veteran and really didn't like G.W, but after listening to this book. My opinion of our former president has completely changed!! Great book!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-21

How we got here... Relief.

It took a while to adjust to the accent and pronunciation of some words.
But, it was absolutely fine because the content was so rich.
Thank God for people who see the value of others.
Thank you, President Bush for such a loving, caring book.
I think it should be required reading.
It highlights the struggles some immigrants go through.
Pirates robbing boatloads of refugees. They are risking their lives to get away. For a long time.
But, once here the drive they have to learn, give back and to be so patriotic. Puts some Americans to shame.

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  • Loree Foreman
  • 09-07-21

Great Book!

I wish this was required reading for every American, especially those who are afraid of immigrants. Except for Native Americans, all Americans have ancestry that goes back to immigrants. For me, I am so glad my ancestors were allowed to enter and stay in America even though they were poor and did not speak English.