Having worked with the vice president on his autobiography, " Looking Forward," I'd like to comment on Leonard Bushkoff's fustian review of the book (The Book Review, Nov. 8).
For openers, Bushkoff, pressed to fault George Bush's record as "the youngest pilot in the Navy" during World War II, dismisses that experience by concluding that Bush "seems to have put it all behind him, offering no hint about its effect--if any--on his thinking or outlook."
Unless Bushkoff's edition of the book differs from the standard text, he'll find (pages 39-40) a fairly penetrating account of the effect the war years had on George Bush's outlook on life. This includes part of a letter the 20-year-old Bush wrote home as he reflected on the loss of two crew members after his plane was shot down on a bombing mission in the Pacific.
Again, Bushkoff finds that "the lingering death of (Bush's) young daughter from leukemia in 1953 is handled briskly, almost impersonally" in the book: