Portraits of Courage

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Portraits of Courage
Cover of Portraits of Courage
AuthorGeorge W. Bush
IllustratorGeorge W. Bush
CountryUnited States
PublishedFebruary 28, 2017
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Preceded by41: A Portrait of My Father 

Portraits of Courage, full title Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors is a book published in 2017 that includes a collection of oil paintings and stories about military veterans by former U.S. President George W. Bush.


Bush's painting started as a post-presidency pastime. He created a set of paintings in the evenings as a way to commemorate some of the veterans he has met since leaving office in 2009. This book is his first art book.[1]

The foreword was written by former First Lady Laura Bush and by General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. It contains sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural based on photographs of ninety-eight physically and/or mentally wounded U.S. Armed Forces veterans (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force) of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as painted by President Bush.[2] Bush wrote the descriptive prose that accompanies each painting. Bush donated his share of the proceeds from the book to the non-profit George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The book is available as a hardcover and in a limited edition signed by Bush, a deluxe oversized cloth-bound book with a specially designed slipcover.[3] An audio CD read By President Bush was also released. The oil paintings portraying Sergeant First Class Ramon Padilla, Sergeant Daniel Casara, Lance Corporal Timothy John Lang, Sergeant First Class Michael R. Rodriguez, Sergeant Leslie Zimmerman, Sergeant Michael Joseph Leonard Politowicz and Lieutenant Colonel Kent Graham Solheim appear on the cover of the book (left to right, top to bottom).[4]

An exhibition of the portraits ran from March 2 to October 17, 2017 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.[3]

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  1. ^ Sandra Sobieraj Westfall (February 27, 2017). "George W. Bush Paints Love Letters to the Men and Women He Sent to War: 'I Think About Their Troubles and Their Joys'". People magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Peter Schjeldahl. "George W. Bush's painted atonements". The New Yorkerdate=March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b BushCenter: Portraits of Courage - Experience the Exhibit
  4. ^ Isabella Biedenharn (March 2, 2017). "See President George W. Bush's paintings from Portraits of Courage". Retrieved March 5, 2017.

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