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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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    John tucson, AZ, United States 12-04-10
    John tucson, AZ, United States 12-04-10
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    "Decision Points-George Bush"

    Confirmed what I thought of George Bush...awesome leader, great president, and sound decision maker. History will judge and smile on George Bush.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11-21-10
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    "Decision Points by George W. Bush"

    It's been said that influence is the result of leadership. Listen to a former president give account for decisions he made as America's leader that ultimately influenced others. No leader is perfect, but history will show that character separates them. This source is yet another example of George W. Bush making his mark on this world.

    He will have a lasting influence on my life because I am a disabled Vet who enlisted in the U.S. Army as a result of 9/11. It was my duty and honor to fight for freedom. I proudly served my country under the leadership of former President George W. Bush. Be encouraged, as you listen to my "former boss" give account for his time in office and you too will once again feel the pride that comes with being an American.

    God Bless America!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JerryL 11-15-10
    JerryL 11-15-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Disappointed with the facts"

    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.

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Kodiak, AK, United States 04-27-11
    Peter Kodiak, AK, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Uninspired, briefly interesting, but not exciting."

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Calgary, AB, Canada 03-07-11
    Dan Calgary, AB, Canada 03-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Uninspiring"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 12-05-10
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 12-05-10
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    "A good read!"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    panagiotis Athens, Greece 02-27-12
    panagiotis Athens, Greece 02-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So..."

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sara walkersville, md, United States 12-05-10
    Sara walkersville, md, United States 12-05-10
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    "Decision pointless"

    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William United States 11-23-10
    William United States 11-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Seattle, WA, United States 11-11-10
    William Seattle, WA, United States 11-11-10
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    "A well written book on poorly executed decisions."

    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.

    47 of 188 people found this review helpful
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