"This connection, however, as it became clear during 2002, was false and constructed," Schroeder told Der Spiegel.
While Bush's memoir has resurfaced his testy relations with Schroeder, they've also revealed his fonder memories with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who supported the invasion of Iraq. "Decision Points" reveals how the two men initially bonded over the comedy film "Meet the Parents," about the zany interactions between a father and future son-in-law.
The Guardian calls it "horribly perfect ... Blair must have felt every bit the prospective son-in-law on trial in the Bush household, looking to make an advantageous marriage with American power.
The Guardian also notes that Bush’s memoir comes nearly two months after the release of Mr. Blair’s memoir, “A Journey,” which was also published by Random House. The Guardian uniquely compares their cover art:
“The cover of Bush's memoir shows the 43rd president – who has, according to the publisher, spent almost every day writing the book since leaving the Oval Office – in motion, hand in pocket, gazing thoughtfully into the middle distance – possibly as he makes one of those 14 all-important decisions. Blair's jacket takes a close-up approach, with the relaxed air of the former prime minister's open-necked shirt at odds with his fixed almost-grin.”