I suppose that one cannot but help be influenced by one's own political persuasion when listening to this book. I consider Bush one of the worst presidents ever, but thought I would give this a try. I thought the analysis of the "decision points" were superficial. He spent as much time dwelling on a DUI arrest as he did on taking over a sovereign nation based on false intelligence. I think that is just weird.
While I voted for Bush and have felt sorry for all the bad press he has received since he left office, I found there were several items in the book that caused me to have second thoughts. After learning about the processes of the political decisions and moves, I was impressed with Bush's knowledge of the situations and the experts he consulted before taking action. He is not an ignorant man! He did make some decisions to "Aid" other countries with US Taxpayers' money that I felt would have been better spent to feed and clothe and house the needy at home. It is a good listen and, although Bush does NOT narrate the book, the narrator is close enough that you often forget it isn't Bush talking. Should be "read" by both Bush fans and "enemies". Eye opening on both sides.
I listened to the book to hear W's story in his own words instead of filtered through the news media. I learned a few interesting tidbits about him, but the self-serving, self-promoting nature of the book was just too much. You expect a certain amount of that from a former president, but he made it too obvious.
I voted for W twice. I thought he had a pretty rough time in office, very challenging compared to other presidents. He failed us on a few fronts, and he succeeded on a few. Overall, this book doesnt really change anything, or reveal any truths, its just good ole W talking himself up. I think this book is a decent history lesson, but overall it really has nothing more to offer. During the book, I really started to like W more than I remembered, but then I saw some footage of some interviews and comments from his presidency, and realized this book was mostly fluff.
I was a fan of Bush 43 and voted for him both times. I thought he was the right man at the right time! That being said... I had no idea how much respect for him I would have after listening to this book.
I very much enjoyed hearing what he was thinking when he made the decisions he did. I would love to have the opportunity to meet him and to shake is hand. Even if you dont agree with his political position, there is no arguing that this is a good man! I am glad that I got to learn a little about him and his family. And I have a much better understanding of what he stands for and why he made the decisions that he did! A definite must read as far as I am concerned.
YES, A PART OF HISTORY
BILL GATES BIOGRAPHY
I thought it was a little long and a little too detailed in some cases, but I still read it.
I expected this to be a book about President Bush's time in office but it was so much more. This is an indepth look at the how and why of the Presidents decisions. Good listen.
I enjoyed listening to this book and learned quite a bit about the Bush presidency. But, i can't shake the constant feeling that attempts are being made to spin history.
George Bush did a nice job of writing his autobiography which should be titled "I Really Am A Nice Guy Who is Married to an Angel". The gravity and repercussions of the decisions described goes far beyond the banal explanations of this book. The superficial spin applied to war against terror does not present any real "lessons learned" about poor planning, inadequate preparation and poor choices of staffers. Surprisingly, Bush does not address the incompetence of many his "chosen" who forced his decisions by poor staff work.. The best part where Bush seemed in his element was the story of his involvement with the Texas Rangers. I was disappointed in the book but the audio presentation was quite good.
This doesn't apper to be a true autobiography of George W. Bush. It is one of the most uninspiring and boring books I've listened to in a long time. I really didn't learn much except that President Bush has been incredibly lucky to have gotten to where is is today. This book is a dreary, glorified version of how he wants to be remembered. I stopped listening half way through because it was simply a waste of my time.