This was a beautiful ambition. This is a vivid depiction of how the man came to the principiled decisions. Even if you disagree with the priciples, you'll come away with fresh insight into the man and his motives. I loved hearing it in his own words.
You must read this book to understand what really happened during his presidency. It is always easier to criticize than it is to take decisions. In this book President Bush explains how each and every decision was carefully done based on facts and extensive legal and research background. A patriot who takes pride for keeping America safe he took the heat for bad decisions done by other people like the Governor of Louisiana during Katrina or those who failed to see that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not doing so well. Bush is a very smart man but is portrayed as being not so smart by the main stream media. This book shows that he was a wise commander and chief. I agree with him. History eventually will recognize his merits in an unbiased way in the future. Listen to President Bush express his love to this country, his devotion to keep it safe, his beliefs about God is an inspiration to all of us.
I don't think it's fair to write a review of this book without disclosing a few tidbits of my own attitude to this polarizing President. I supported Bush reluctantly and with some misgiving, and I was never an enthusiastic or a rabid supporter.
Listening to this book, President Bush focused on his key decisions, not his life. I have to say that while I listened to his arguments and found them to be well reasoned and logical I kept asking myself, "So do you really believe it? Do you feel it?" I just didn't feel like Bush spoke from a point of absolute conviction. I kept thinking while I listened, "He seems like the MBA president." Strong on theory, but short on depth or conviction. It was an interesting experience. I am grateful that he wrote the book and read it straight himself.
If you hate Bush, you might find some peace listening to his thoughtfulness - no one insists that you ought to agree with him - but hearing his side will perhaps leave you with a belief that it wasn't a huge conspiracy. If you love Bush, I think you will enjoy this book too - his arguments are well reasoned and you have the right to be proud of the president. We'll see how history judges him and I think he'll do well.
Yes, I was a mild fan of George Bush but disagreed with a number of his policy's This book was very enlightening. Awesome since George Bush read it!
The book is a limited memoir focusing on key decisions that President Bush made while in the White House. It is not a full memoir or complete history of his presidency or how he got there. I had for more day to day, behind the scenes insight. While I did not fully get what I was looking for, the book has its merits.
For insight into specific decision points (middle east peace, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, financial crisis, etc.) it is refreshing to get some insight from the central figure in those events. For this I found the book intriguing. A fine example of this is the handling of the Katrina aftermath. I learned some things from the book that were not readily made known by the media.
Ultimately, I believe that historians will be kinder to President's Bush's presidency than the popular media was in 2009. I believe he will have his renaissance, just as Truman, Nixon and Reagan did. This book is the first salvo to that end.
It was straight to the point. It is really captivating.
It never gets boring.
When a man tells Bush to do what ever it takes to bring justice after the 9-11 attack.
A Presidency Full of Challenges.
Yes, I love this book I've read it and listened to it I thought it was wonderful specially hearing it in the presidents voice
I served under President Bush in the fight against Terrorism wonderful book explaining what he was thinking and why he made the deiscion he did loved this book would recommend it to everyone.
yes I listened to this book over two days
Whether a fan or a detractor of George W. Bush this will be an interesting listen. Most often we hear the stories of our leaders as a jumbled timeline wherein the reasons for decisions are lost. This book take a refreshing approach of dealing with a single topic without mixing them up with other incidents.
Good decisions, bad decisions at least now an explanation for "why" of the decision that was made.
This is an interesting account and behind the scenes look at a Presidency that not only shaped the county, but the world.