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Decision Points | [George W. Bush]

Decision Points

Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.
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Publisher's Summary

President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions of his presidency and personal life.

Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century.

President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, his discovery of faith, and his relationship with his family.

A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history - and the man at the center of events.

©2010 George W. Bush (P)2010 Random House

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    Kevin Regensburg, Germany 12-22-12
    Kevin Regensburg, Germany 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well read, content surprisingly good"

    Not a great fan of the politics of 43, but this book sets out the case for the defense pretty well. Exceptionally well read. Structure makes it easy to dip in and out. Recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee 11-27-12
    Aimee 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Like Him or Hate Him Great Book"
    Where does Decision Points rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book for those wishing to see George Bush's decisions from his point of view. Love him or hate him, read this book to see his perspective. It may change your mind or solidify the view you already had.


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was great. He was easy to listen to, and brought the story life.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to listen to presidential perspectives on the events that occured durring their time. There is no greater office and no greater burdan than the Presidency of the United States. Because hindsight is often 20/20, much can be learned of life in their time, compared to life now. Granted not much time has passed for this one, but perspectives of the President himself cannot be disputed. They are his view of the problems he encountered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MaryC. Edgewood, NM, United States 11-20-12
    MaryC. Edgewood, NM, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A definite listen"

    This book keeps your attention and gives one insight to difficult decisions. I respect his views and reasoning's for the decisions he had to make.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Murchison, TX, United States 11-01-12
    Karen Murchison, TX, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Love Christian music, listening to good clean books, directing/playing handbells, love family, quilting, and clean suspense books.

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    "George Bush, The Man"
    Any additional comments?

    Yes, the download just started the Epilog and did not finish. I really wanted to hear the epilog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 10-08-12
    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "How the century turned"
    Would you listen to Decision Points again? Why?

    I probably would...I usually only listen to self-improvement books more than once, but this one is so full of information and facts, it might be worth another read/listen.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    He spoke with the same "good ole boy" spirit and pace as President Bush.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Great leaders are not always in your face. He confidently surrounded himself with superior people and used their expertise to our benefit; taking front stage when needed, but truly leading through delegation when most appropriate.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Sid Vogel 08-29-12
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    "A man who lead based on American values"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone should read/listen to this book. This strikes me as an honest, forthright description of the issues, challenges and responses made by the Bush Administration to the fantastic challenges that the President faced. This is also a good analysis of how the government actually runs, makes decisions, and leads. Anyone can be elected President, but not everyone can lead this country. Bush tells you honestly how he saw the position and how he approached his challenges. This is an excellent work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clearly the descriptions concerning the decision making about the responses to 9/11 were fascinating since we lived though the events and they are so fresh in our minds.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is a nice listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of how Bush was actually in charge of everything, and how he demanded that everyone threat the oval office with respect at all times.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this, Cheney's, and Rumsfeld's books and you will have a very clear view of how America makes decision, how the bureaucracy works, the extent and limitations of American power.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Flowermound, TX, United States 08-27-12
    Mike Flowermound, TX, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    Any additional comments?

    Voted for this guy twice; agreed with some of his decisions. The book outlines why he made the decisions in a format that makes it sound defensive versus educational.

    I would recommend it, but adjust your expectations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Wayne, NJ, USA 08-26-12
    David Wayne, NJ, USA 08-26-12

    I find audio books to be the way to go for me. The down time can be put to good use anywhere.

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    "Thank you Mr. President"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Decision Points to be better than the print version?

    I did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story brings the listener inside the president and leads to an understand of the tremendous depth of George W. Bush.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel sympathy for this great man. History will treat him better that the media has.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 08-13-12
    Patrick COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 08-13-12
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Decision Points the most enjoyable?

    What made it enjoyable for me was being able to look behind the scene and see why the decisions were made the way they were on certain issues. It helped to see what all happened in his decision making and what led to his decisions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of him going to the 9-11 sight after the attack and being with the rescue workers after the attack and his speech that he gave.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why I did what I did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hazem Elhady Iron Station, NC United States 08-08-12
    Hazem Elhady Iron Station, NC United States 08-08-12 Listener Since 2000
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    "Good intentions"

    the book gave me an impression that Bush had good intentions, and tried his best. it's just that his perception of what was going on, seems to be quite different from other people

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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