With an extraordinary collection of images, many never before published, Chief White House Photographer Eric Draper presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the entire presidency of George W. Bush, from dramatic events such as 9/11 to relaxed, intimate moments within the Bush family.
Series: Focus on American History
America’s forty-third president, George W. Bush, presided over eight of the most dramatic years in recent history, from the 9/11 attacks early in his administration to the worldwide economic crisis of 2008. By his side, recording every event from the momentous to the intimate, was his personal White House photographer, Eric Draper. From a collection of nearly one million photographs, Draper has selected more than one hundred images of President Bush that portray both the public figure and the private man.
Front Row Seat presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the presidency of George W. Bush. Through Draper’s lens, we follow Bush through moments of crisis that called for strong leadership, such as 9/11; emotional meetings with troops in war zones, wounded soldiers at home, and Katrina survivors; and happy, relaxed times with his wife Laura, daughters Barbara and Jenna, and parents President George H. W. and Barbara Bush. We also see Bush at work within his inner circle of trusted advisors, including Vice President Richard Cheney, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Capturing moments that reveal the essence of the man, Front Row Seat is an irreplaceable portrait of George W. Bush.
- Foreword by George W. Bush
- 1. The Beginning
- 2. Life in the Bubble
- 3. Family
- 4. The Western White House
- 5. 9/11
- 6. War President
- 7. To the World
- 8. Sprint to the Finish
- Photographer’s Notes and Captions
“It’s a combination of photographic prowess on the part of Draper and the subject of his lens which makes such a winning combination: any political studies collection and most photography libraries will want this oversized coffee table style portrait, which is so much more than a capturing of Bush highlights.”
“Nothing captures history like great photography. In his role as White House photographer, Eric Draper carried on the great tradition of vividly documenting history as it unfolded before us. Whether covering events like 9/11 or President Bush interacting with AIDs orphans in Africa, Eric’s photos always recorded the moments that mattered.”
“Read this book to become a fly on the wall to history.”
“Eric Draper’s Front Row Seat is a personal and poignant look behind the curtain of the George W. Bush presidency. The photographs are evidence of the keen and unrelenting eye of an experienced photojournalist.”
David Hume Kennerly