Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants

May 4, 2021
Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this powerful newcollection of oil paintings and stories, President George W. Bushspotlights the inspiring journeys of America’s immigrants and thecontributions they make to the life and prosperity of ournation.The issue of immigration stirs intense emotions today, as it hasthroughout much of American history. But what gets lost in thedebates about policy are the stories of immigrants themselves, thepeople who are drawn to America by its promise of economicopportunity and political and religious freedom—and who strengthenour nation in countless ways.In the tradition of Portraits of Courage, President Bush’s #1New York Times bestseller, Out of Many, One brings togetherforty-three full-color portraits of men and women who haveimmigrated to the United States, alongside stirring stories of theunique ways all of them are pursuing the American Dream. Featuringmen and women from thirty-five countries and nearly every region ofthe world, Out of Many, One shows how hard work, strong values,dreams, and determination know no borders or boundaries and howimmigrants embody values that are often viewed as distinctlyAmerican: optimism and gratitude, a willingness to strive and torisk, a deep sense of patriotism, and a spirit of self-reliancethat runs deep in our immigrant heritage. In these pages, we meet aNorth Korean refugee fighting for human rights, a Dallas-based CEOwho crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico at age seventeen, and a NASAengineer who as a girl in Nigeria dreamed of coming to America,along with notable figures from business, the military, sports, andentertainment. President Bush captures their faces and stories instriking detail, bringing depth to our understanding of whoimmigrants are, the challenges they face on their paths tocitizenship, and the lessons they can teach us about our country’scharacter.As the stories unfold in this vibrant book, readers will gain abetter appreciation for the humanity behind one of our mostpressing policy issues and the countless ways in which America,through its tradition of welcoming newcomers, has been strengthenedby those who have come here in search of a better life.