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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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    Robert Cary, NC, United States 12-26-10
    Robert Cary, NC, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Predictably self-serving"

    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.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Gus Miami, FL, United States 12-23-10
    Gus Miami, FL, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much fluff"

    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.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Royce LOWELL, MI, United States 03-01-13
    Royce LOWELL, MI, United States 03-01-13
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    I was a fan of Bush 43 and voted for him both times. I thought he was the right man at the right time! That being said... I had no idea how much respect for him I would have after listening to this book.

    I very much enjoyed hearing what he was thinking when he made the decisions he did. I would love to have the opportunity to meet him and to shake is hand. Even if you dont agree with his political position, there is no arguing that this is a good man! I am glad that I got to learn a little about him and his family. And I have a much better understanding of what he stands for and why he made the decisions that he did! A definite must read as far as I am concerned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Smithson Ft Worth, Tx 01-22-13
    Ed Smithson Ft Worth, Tx 01-22-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, A PART OF HISTORY


    What other book might you compare Decision Points to and why?

    BILL GATES BIOGRAPHY


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

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

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    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a little long and a little too detailed in some cases, but I still read it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Glendale, KY, United States 07-07-11
    Tania Glendale, KY, United States 07-07-11
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    "I laughed, I cried..."

    I expected this to be a book about President Bush's time in office but it was so much more. This is an indepth look at the how and why of the Presidents decisions. Good listen.

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    Bart Asse, Belgium 12-26-10
    Bart Asse, Belgium 12-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting read, but ..."

    I enjoyed listening to this book and learned quite a bit about the Bush presidency. But, i can't shake the constant feeling that attempts are being made to spin history.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    peter Beverly Hills, CA, United States 01-30-11
    peter Beverly Hills, CA, United States 01-30-11
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    "Don't waste your time and money"

    This doesn't apper to be a true autobiography of George W. Bush. It is one of the most uninspiring and boring books I've listened to in a long time. I really didn't learn much except that President Bush has been incredibly lucky to have gotten to where is is today. This book is a dreary, glorified version of how he wants to be remembered. I stopped listening half way through because it was simply a waste of my time.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-13-11
    Laura Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-13-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Total Whitewash"

    This was such a waste of time. It was such a whitewashing of history. Hours of rewriting actual facts and trying to polish a legacy stained with bull crap. This man is such a delusional idiot I am still amazed America fell for this man twice. Read it only to watch a man desperate to justify his actions which were taken just to try and work out his daddy issues.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 03-03-11
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    BORING...I am sorry I don't know what I was expecting but what I got was a whole lot of blah, blah, blah. Not worth the $ or time.

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    Tom 04-09-11
    Tom 04-09-11
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    "Tedious"

    The narrator actually sounded like the President. I was really jazzed to get this audiobook. I finally plowed through to the end--- kicking and screaming at myself at how disappointed I was. Believe it or not Secretary Rumsfeld's book actually was scarily similar. I respect both of these gentlemen but they should stick to politics and leave the writing to pros.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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