Jean Becker


The Graves Library is thrilled to welcome Jean Becker, former Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, (and New York Times bestselling author) on Wednesday, November 10 at 5:30 pm to present The Man I Knew : the Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency.

Jean Becker has been chief of staff to former President George H. W. Bush since 1994, supervising his office in both Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine, and overseeing the opening of the George Bush Presidential Library Center in 1997. She took a leave of absence in 1999 to edit and research “All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.” Previously, Jean served as deputy press secretary to first lady Barbara Bush from 1989 to 1992 and helped Mrs. Bush with the editing and research for her books “Barbara Bush, A Memoir” and “Reflections.” A former journalist, she is also a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the C-Change Cancer Board, and an ad hoc member of the advisory boards of The George Bush Presidential Library and The George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Here is what folks are saying about The Man I Knew:

“With grace, wit, insight, and a loving but not uncritical eye, Jean Becker has given us a great gift: a moving, honest, and illuminating portrait of the final decades of one of the finest men in American history. This terrific book shows us that George H.W. Bush was always more complicated and more interesting than his public image, and Becker’s first-hand report of his long and consequential post-presidency reminds us anew of how lucky America and the world were that the 41st President chose a life in the arena. THE MAN I KNEW is an invaluable addition to the canon of American presidential literature.”  ―Jon Meacham

Please email or call (207) 967-2778 to sign up for this virtual event.  A working email is required.  Books can be ordered through the Library!

And – because this is at a time when some folks might like to have a beverage, we have picked out a special “bubbly rose” at Maine & Vine.  This is Jean’s favorite go-to.   If you feel inclined to celebrate and have a glass during the webinar, you can pick some up at Maine & Vine in Lower Village prior to the event.  Hours of operation 12:00 to 6:00 Tuesday through Sunday.