A disappointing account of missed opportunities and poor staff judgment. I truly believe President Bush is an honest man who doesn't deserve all the blame for the insane government spending and lack of Wall Street oversight by do-nothing bureaucrats.
Taken as a whole it's a sad story, but I give President Bush credit for having the courage to tell it.
No new news here. An enjoyable listen with moments of interest, particularly surrounding September 11th. Conservatives will cheer his reasoning and liberals (who actually finish listening) will still consider him a criminal. For those few reasonable men and women left with a open mind, you'll find this look back at Pres. Bush's Presidency unsurprising. The writing is uninspired and the explanations are superficial. Light reading at it's best. If you want a great book, read his father's autobiography.
I was hoping to gain some insight into his 8 years in office, but virtually everything in this book you could have read about in the newspaper. This was a high level overview of his Presidency and contained no emotion. The sentences that began with, "I felt..." seemed like they were added in after the fact on the advice of the editor. Bush's narration is painfully dull. It was as if this book was written by one of his aids and he was reading it for the first time.
President G.W. Bush has yet to be appreciated for his stewardship of The United States, but that will come. This book is the best insight yet into the complexities of being the leader of the world's most powerful nation. His narration is also excellent—even though he still pronounces "nuclear" as if it were "nucular." So what? At least he didn't have a bimbo fellating him from under his desk in the oval office. He even makes fun of his own speech. He did a damned fine job during his eight years in office. He will be missed.
You could call me a conspiracy theorist or to be more honest you should call me one. In my personal oppinion the guy is lieing for 7 hours. It seams to me that someone pressed the play button on him and he started (playing), i mean Mr. Steven Hawking has more emotion and pation in his voice. However, if you are interested in how the world is running this book should add a small piece in your puzzle of world views.
I attempted to listen to this with an open mind, but he makes so many excuses for the decisions he makes, blames Jesus Christ for all of his decisions and they are "allegedly" devinations of God speaking to him. They have medication for this, and places where they could keep him safe and the world safe from him. The book reaffirmed by opinion of this trite, self-congratulating and conceited man.
As a history buff I was anxious to listen to this book, given the press regarding it. Although former President Bush does a surprisingly good job as a reader, his book is trite, shallow and disappointing. I had hoped that as a retired president who is no longer fettered by politics he would have had the courage to give us true insight into his eight years in the White House during one of America's most difficult times. If he had told the story, warts and all, he could have contributed something historically valuable. Instead, he gave us what amounts to little more than a self-laudatory, book-length infomercial. How sad. He has no need to continue politicking, yet that is what he did with this book. Maybe some day he will share the true inside story.
n this book GW makes inspiring clams of fact like: He hid facts about his driving record (DUI) from the American People, not because he though it would hurt his campaign, but because he thought it would send a contradicting message to his daughters. (end paragraph)
The real value in this book is that it gives the reader an understanding of the context in which the decisions were made. Although I disagreed with almost all of the decisions of the administration, I now have a better understanding of where he was coming from. (end paragraph)
I think that people should read the book. After all he was the President and I feel that his two cents is important. I enjoyed reading his opinions on the stem cell debate and though it, though wrong, fair and sensitive to all sides. (end paragraph)
In conclusion the book is just like the campaign. Full of gut decisions and free of data, piety over science and never stopping to think about consequences. Side notes: Nothing about Enron, the Afghanistan war starts halfway through the book and an awkwardness to the style in GW’s oration clearly suggest that he didn’t write much of it.
I was not a big fan of Bush, but I was looking forward to reading this book after I saw some of the interviews. The book was well written and easy listen. The problem was that there was no content that was surprising or new. No secret conversation. No tell all moment outside of one or two comments about Katrina.
I wanted to know what he thought about some of the people in the Bush Cabinet. He didnt say anything. No Opinions about the future of the Country hel left in the Brinks of depression.
I however came away thinking that Bush was not as bad as the media portrays him. He treid his best. The books seems sincere; with lack of content.
Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis
Selected decisions from the 8 years of George Bush's presidency presented in the voice of the ex-president himself. Each decision heroically made (by W) and supported with every Republican talking point, justification, excuse, and half truth and carefully framed with just the right Frank Luntz vocabulary from the 8 years of Bush's presidency. If you are a Bush sycophant you're gonna love it. As for me UGH! As Mr. Bush once said back in the day: "See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." Well that's what this book is. Kudos to the narration by Mr. Bush as it is nicely done (that's why I have to give it 2 stars).