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
Due to the busy Christmas schedule I have, I downloaded the Abridged copy of "Decision Points" from Audible.com, orated by none other than George W. Bush himself!
I cannot stop myself from becoming overly emotional while listening to this book. To hear the former President recount what had happen just before, during and after September 11 attack has left me in a total state of despair. WhiIe he was the President of the United States I did not agree with many of his policies, I felt he wasn't conservative enough - I felt he was far too centrist. Upon listening to this marvelous book, it makes me realize that George W. Bush will probably be the very last, truly decent President we will ever have in the White House again. He wasn't too centrist, he was far too sincere, caring, thoughtful and extremely aware of the power of his decisions and mistakes. Mistakes that he takes full credit for. May God bless him and his lovely and gracious First Lady, Laura Bush.
Brought some long sought explanations for the decisions he made, and the back story behind them. I'll admit, I was a fan of George Bush, but questioned some of his reasoning (still do). But to here his side of it put a lot of it into perspective.
I thought this was fantastic, I learned much more than I thought and I like how he structured the book around major decisions. No matter what you political views are it is a good coming of age story where a man becomes a President.
Very interesting insights of his presidency. I now have more respect for GDub and find it interesting and disgusting how the media portrays only one side of the story. I don't care which side of the aisle you're on or what you think about our past president, give this book a chance and learn a little bit about your country.
Confirmed what I thought of George Bush...awesome leader, great president, and sound decision maker. History will judge and smile on George 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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