Have not read the print version of this book
This book ties Don Rumsfeld "Known and Unknown" and Dick Chenye's "In my time" together. I have found it better insight than any history course could have covered.
President George Bush related the major decisions of his presidency, but included all the related issues that weighed in the decisions.
Mr George Bush does not have the speaking voice of Donald Rumsfeld, but his voice added to the performance and naritive
It does not matter if your from his political party, You will get a lot out of this book!
5 stars - books that I will listen to again and again. 4 stars - books that I might listen to again someday. 3 stars - books that I probably won't listen to again. 2 stars - books that I know I will never listen to again. 1 star - books that I should have never listened to in the first place.
Prior to reading my opinion of this audible book, one must know that I'm a Very Conservative Republican Atheist. Thus, my opinion is going to be biased. There are SO very many people who literally hate this man SO very much, that I will assume many of you may just want to skip my critique about this extremely interesting, informative and historic, audible book.
That being said, I DID NOT and still DO NOT agree with many of President Bush's decisions. HOWEVER, they were decisions, many of which were made during an extremely difficult time in our history. Not to mention that many of his decisions were made while a great deal of venom, hate, vitriol and mass media hysteria was fired directly at him (on a daily basis) - and that's not EVEN mentioning all the loathing coming from the Democrats and Hollywood!
Although, this was and I believe will be, remembered as a time in US history when the majority of US citizens STOPPED believing and relying on the mass media for their daily news, information and propaganda.
Upon reading and listening to this book - I HAVE A NEW FOUND RESPECT FOR THIS PRESIDENT. Just to name a few of the chapters included in his book; Quiting Drinking, Running for office, Personnel decisions, Stem Cells, 9/11, Leadership, Katrina, The Surge in Iraq, Focus on Freedom and The Financial Crisis. So as you can see, the chapters are broken down into the major points of his personal life and Presidency. And he does go into detail involving all of these issues. The President also admits to having made mistakes on the one hand, while demonstrating his stubbornness on the other hand. I found this book to be a very sincere account of his Presidency. I was pleasantly surprised and perhaps a bit shocked, seeing that I was led to believe that this man was a secretive and manipulative, talking idiot.
Regardless of whether you love him or hate him, he presided over one of the worst times in US history. This book will make you laugh, think and cry. And this coming from a person who DOES NOT tolerate hand-wringing, overwrought sentimentality!
One must also keep in mind that President Bush has a unique perspective that only one other person has had, that of being the son of a former president. President Bush has been involved with the workings of the US for a very long time. For this reason alone, this book offers a tremendous amount of insight, stories and eye witness accounts of world wide events. I don't know how anyone could consider themselves a history buff or a lover of biographies if they haven't read and/or listened to this exceptional book! I thoroughly enjoyed BOTH reading (more detail) and listening (abridged) to this book.
Even if you hated President Bush, you may find reason to change your opinion upon listening to this book. The President did an incredible job narrating his work! And one must admit that it is SPECIAL to hear history told by the one who actually played a key role in its making.
On the other hand, if like me, you respected the President and his leadership through trying times, this book will cement those feelings forever!
This book is in my top 10 list of Audible Books. Highly Recommended!
I was curious about the content and what the President had to say about the last 8 years.
It was interesting to see how he explained Katrina
Learned a lot about why some things weren't done. All in all good performance.
Not being a Bush fan as president and thinking he was probably not the brightest president we have had, this book was enlightening. I was surprised at how little I actiually knew about Bush and had forgotten the magnituide of the problems he had to deal with as president.
The book was good and Bush's reading was also well done. I think more highly of him after hearing his side of things.
From both a historical perspective and a better insight into what we are dealing with today it was worth the expense and time.
This book was great. It gave you some insight into why he made the decision he made. It also showed you he is Human like all of us and we all make mistakes. I believe he was a Great President.
I could never imagine myself being able to listen to a whole Audiobook narrated by President Bush. His voice is surprisingly calming and his words are quite touching. On more than one occasion, I have to admit, my eyes filled with tears. He made very tough decisions and he stood strong by all of them. He clearly states his biggest mistakes and regrets with genuine candor.
The story of GW Bush will ultimately be recorded in the history books, but this book gives an amazing peek behind the seines peek at an honest man with a tremendous respect for the office he held.
I was a little bored in the first part of the book. You really have work hard to get past his voice. Once you get into chapter 2 this book really becomes interesting and full of wow moments.
I liked the format where he takes each major issue of his presidency and reviews it with a candid and honest approach. It covered the facts and an interesting look inside his white house. The only president with a Master's Degree and the one made most fun of shows he is intelligent and not some right wing fanatic bent on ruling the world as the far left constantly warned. Worth the time, and the fact that he reads the book himself just adds a little something to it.
Avid audiobook addict!
I too miss W. I believe he was exactly the right man to be in charge during 9/11, not some wishy-washy poll-watcher who is most concerned with personal popularity. This memoir was a great reminder of a fascinating period of time.