The Last Republicans

The Last Republicans

Mark Updegrove

10.25.2018

Mark Updegrove

Mark K. Updegrove is an author, presidential historian, and the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation

From 2009-2017 Updegrove was the director of the LBJ Presidential Library. In this capacity, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit, which included then President Barack Obama, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Updegrove also oversaw an 11-million-dollar redesign of the library and its core exhibits. Before joining the LBJ Library, Updegrove previously served as publisher of Newsweek, and the President of Time magazine's Canadian edition

Updegrove has authored four books on the presidencyThe Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis; Indomitable Will: LBJ In The White Presidency; and Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House.

Updegrove is the Presidential Historian for ABC News and appears regularly on Good Morning America, and This Week. He writes for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade, National Geographic, and Texas Monthly. He has conducted exclusive interviews with five Presidents.

In “The Last Republicans,” presidential historian Mark Updegrove offers a groundbreaking look at the lives of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words.

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 President Donald Trump and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

“The Last Republicans” offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty-first and forty-third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican “establishment,” which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man.

Updegrove is an author, presidential historian, and president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation. He is the author of four books on the presidency including “Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.” He appears regularly on Good Morning America, and This Week, and has written for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade, National Geographic, and Texas Monthly. 

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