"A must-read . . . a fascinating personality portrait of an ambitious, ornery, and intensely competitive man."
– Business Week
"With a style reminiscent of Tom Wolfe and Richard Ben Cramer — even Hunter Thompson (without the gonzo quotient), Bill Minutaglio takes the reader on a romp through Texas politics, through a dynasty not quite competitive with the Kennedys. . . . The reader may be a bit breathless but never bored."
– C. Frasier Smith, Baltimore Sun
"First Son is one of those very rare nonfiction books that capture the trifecta — wonderfully readable, impeccably reported, and revealing. Bill Minutaglio has captured that insane and marvelous state of mind called Texas. He has also captured the ups and downs of what it is like to grow up in the shadow of a very, very famous father."
– Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and A Prayer for the City
"The book will be a dog-eared reference for politicos and journalists and anyone else who wants to study the low-key, discreet Republican version of an American political dynasty. Minutaglio captures the Machiavellian maneuvers of Washington political aides and the wacky, often hardball antics of Texas politics with dead-on accuracy."
– Wendy Benjaminson, Houston Chronicle
"Bill Minutaglio places his subject solidly in the context of his family — and that is the right place to start figuring out who and what George W. is. . . . Minutaglio demonstrates more fully than anyone else I have read, literally everything in Bush’s resume up to his election as governor was to a substantial degree handed to him. . . . I could discern no evident bias — either adulatory or cynical. And there are some important clues to the character of a second Bush presidency."
– David Broder, Washington Monthly
"First Son is fair, balanced, interesting, and well-written. It’s chock-full of insights backed by extensive research and solid reporting. There is much to think about in this impressive work."
— Dan Rather