The Last Republicans - Mark K. Updegrove - Hardcover

George H.W. Bush simply considers Trump a "blowhard" while his son, George W. Bush, thinks he has no concept of what being president means.

But in The Last Republicans, a new book from historian Mark Updegrove about the father and son, they unleash their Trump trash-talking, as shown in book previews from CNN and the New York Times.

The book earned its title from comments George W. Bush made during the last 2016, when he said he fears that he will be the last GOP president. I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", he remarked.

Mark Updegrove, the author of "The Last Republicans", told CNN: "It makes flawless sense".

Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other's presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America's role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

President Donald Trump is not a favorite in the extended Bush household.

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In "The Last Republicans", Mark K. Updegrove chronicles an era that feels nearly dated in today's reality-show politics, when the Republican establishment controlled the party and Washington, and when a single family could occupy the presidency and vice presidency for a combined 20 years. "Interesting, won't last" was the reaction that George W. Bush had in those days, Updegrove writes.

"You can either exploit the anger, incite it, or you can come up with ideas to deal with it", the 43rd president said, explaining that Trump never had real solutions. The White House went on to call Bush's decision to invade Iraq, "one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history".

CNN reached out to both former presidents' offices for further comments and they both confirmed that they had spoken with Updegrove on the record, but as a policy do not comment on books.

"I voted "None of the Above" for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016", he told CNN.

They told Updegrove they felt that trait was especially challenging, or even lacking, for Trump. "I do think he was different", she said. I wasn't that fond of him.

However, at one point during the 2016 presidential campaign, the younger Mr.

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