Ron McLarty did an incredible job of reading. there were times that I thought GW was reading to me.
Love him or not, GW stuck to his principles and presided with conviction to the founding ideals of our Constitution.
Yes, there are some very good principles for decision making that leaders could benefit from. I am certain I will listen to it again in a few years.
His candidness about the process and his shortfalls.
Anyone who dismisses this book based on political preference is missing out.
Yes. Lots of info about this great man that I did not know
His personal life
Among the memoirs and autobiographies and biographies this one ranks in my top ten that I have listened to so far.
George's foreign policy and handling of crises in the wake of all the turmoil in the middle east following the attacks of 9/11.
That would probably be the chapter on his humanitarian efforts to help the African nations battle aids and other diseases as well as other efforts to help with schooling as well.
If possible, I would have. I found this book very informative and so interesting, that I had a tough time shutting it off to do other things.
I like the way that the audio company paired Ron McClarty with this reading. It felt like I was listening to George W. reading the material himself. I compare it only to Recorded Books pairing of George Wilson's narration of the Reagan biography I listened to a few years ago. This was an excellent and informative memoir. It helped open my eyes about George W. and learn a lot more about the man. As a result, I have gained a lot more respect for him and what he and his administration stood for.
This book would be more appreciated by those who did not feel so disappointed in and disrespected by the Bush Administration.
His lack of serious introspection and his failure to address the core failures of his presidency was supremely disappointing. This book is a missed opportunity. He only cops to minor sort of surface failures - his chapter on Katrina is incredibly obtuse. He claims the principle failures were the failure to deploy troops just a little faster and some minor public relations missteps. I don't know why I was expecting, from this man, a deeper self-analysis of a defining moment of his presidency than this, but I really was.
Another problem of the book is the score-settling he includes, often in glib little asides and often somewhat hypocritically. For example, he criticizes the campaign strategies of Al Gore and John Kerry, but has nothing but praise for Karl Rove and Lee Atwater. Seriously, that's hysterical. He should do stand-up.
A real missed opportunity for a surprisingly thoughtful-seeming man to reckon with his presidency's complex legacy.
McLarty is a great narrator. George W. Bush has a distinct way of speaking and there are many types of narrators who would have been either too formal in their speech or would have gone overboard into caricature. McLarty strikes a great balance - a vaguely Texan accent but not an imitation. You could almost close your eyes and imagine G.W.B. was doing the talking himself.
It's certainly compelling and engaging. It's hard to put down once you've started listening, because he's really addressing some very important moments in our recent history. And he comes across as surprisingly endearing for large portions of the book.
Fantastic book regardless of which side you are on in politics. Fascinating views on how 8 years of decisions were made.
I have always supported the Bush presidency, and while I realize that he was not perfect and didn't always make the correct decisions, I trusted him. I trusted that he would always try his best to do what was right. This book has confirmed that in my eyes. The book details how he came to make the important decisions in his personal life and in his presidency. It is evident in his decision-making that he truly was trying to do the very best job he could in every area of his life. The book is extremely candid. President Bush details his failures as well as his successes. Most impressive to me is the fact that he never speaks ill of any of his political opponents. The times he mentions President Clinton, or President Obama, it is to commend decisions that they made in crisis situations. He is a class act.
The one concern I had when I purchased this book was the fact that it was not read by the author. I usually prefer books read by their author as this is the best way to get the true meaning of the words as they were intended, rather than someone else's interpretation of them. HOWEVER, the narrator of this book does an excellent job! I often forget that I'm not listening to the President himself reading his words.
In short, this is an excellent and informative book that is both well written and excellently narrated. Great Job!
Senior Cit with ADHD?
...that President Bush is, in fact, an honorable man and that his decisions weren't taken lightly. I feel that I know, better, the man that he is and praise God for his leadership. No, like ALL of us, he is not perfect but he was the first to admit it.
The narrator, Rod McLarty, did an excellent job. I really wanted to get the version read by GWB himself but I didn't want to miss any of the content. I've been very pleasantly surprised. This is my first Audible book. I'm trying Audible because I have really spastic eyes and thought this would allow me to read current books. I'm pleased with my decision!
This book is a good inside view of the presidents life, both highs and lows. He is very honest and sheds light on many issues he had to deal with.
While I supported President Bush by voting for him. I had questioned some of his decision making and the bringing of the o'le boys club from his father's cabinet into his. While the book is insightful, it may have raised more questions than questions answered for me. The shame of it all is that dreadful day 9/11/01 which totally turned our and his world upside down, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had that day not occurred. I believe in his decision making for the most part. However, I thought he could have done better in dealing with President Putin of Russia. In particular by personally attending the ceremony of Bayone WTC Memorial which dedicated to us by President Putin from the Russian people thus aligning us in the fight against a common enemy, an opportunity missed in my opinion. As for President Bush's stance in the fight against terror, I firmly believe that a lessor man would have caved to the pressure to withdraw, thankfully he had the will and determination to see it through. It was interesting to see that President Obama used pretty much the same words describing our enemy in his May 2011 speach, that President Bush did in his closing remarks. A coincidence? Odd how the world changes when the decisions fall on someone elses sholders. Under the circumstances that changed President Bush's presidency the path he took was not great but not bad either. The book is worth the listen.