George Herbert Walker Bush never wrote a real memoir. In fact, he seemed to avoid it.
Leading up to his 1988 presidential campaign, Bush published “Looking Forward,” a ghostwritten affair he later dismissed as “the kind of book that comes out about the candidate during an election year.” The 1998 volume on his foreign policy, “A World Transformed,” is co-authored with Brent Scowcroft and features alternating passages by the two men. (Scowcroft's are better.) A decade later, Bush's diary from his time as China envoy in the mid-1970s morphed into a book only after a historian pitched the idea and did all the work. And a lifetime of letters came together in “All the Best, George Bush,” a 2013 collection that the former president stresses was “not meant to be an autobiography.”