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Decision Points | [George W. Bush]

Decision Points

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 numerous historic and controversial decisions.
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Publisher's Summary

President George W. Bush narrates and 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, discovery of faith, and 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 Fort Worth, TX 11-25-10
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 11-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Right or wrong...It's REAL"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    scot cockroft Rowlett, TX, US 11-25-10
    scot cockroft Rowlett, TX, US 11-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book - because the author read it!"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 11-22-10
    Daniel 11-22-10

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    "A must read book or a must listen audiobook"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 11-19-10
    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 11-19-10 Member Since 2012

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    "A Limlted but necessary memoir"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julio Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-03-12
    Julio Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-03-12
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    "One of the best books I have ever read."
    What did you love best about Decision Points?

    It was straight to the point. It is really captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It never gets boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When a man tells Bush to do what ever it takes to bring justice after the 9-11 attack.


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

    A Presidency Full of Challenges.


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    Julie LAKELAND, FL, United States 08-29-12
    Julie LAKELAND, FL, United States 08-29-12
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    "WONDERFUL BOOK"
    Would you listen to Decision Points again? Why?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Decision Points?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes I listened to this book over two days


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 06-04-12
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2006

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    "An interesting look back"

    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.

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    Kyle WANTAGH, NY, United States 05-20-12
    Kyle WANTAGH, NY, United States 05-20-12
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    "An interesting look behind the scene."
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    This is an interesting account and behind the scenes look at a Presidency that not only shaped the county, but the world.

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    scott 05-14-12
    scott 05-14-12
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    "Interesting but ..."
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    I felt it was a good read however seemed to drag on towards the end. Still I do reccomnend the book

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    Russell Aloha, OR, United States 04-25-12
    Russell Aloha, OR, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great insight into a president's major decisions."

    First things first, I am not a George W Bush supporter. I do not look back on his presidency as a great time for the country. However, I do enjoy this book very much. Listening to George W. explain his major decisions and the resulting fallout, gives me a new appreciation for what it takes to lead this country. The book also reminds me that most of what we hear, right or left wing media, is manipulated to steer us in a certain direction.

    After listening to this book, some of my opinions have changed and most of my negative feeling for this president have become more neutral. Regardless of your political orientation, this is a priceless opportunity to live a few historic moments with the 43rd president of the United States of America. Loved it.

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