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.
I liked the way President Bush approached this book. Discussing critical decisions during his administration and his rationale for the decisions that were made.
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.
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.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
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.
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.