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 readers 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 Harbour; 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 centre of events.
©2010 George Bush (P)2010 Random House Audio
I'm more left-leaning and was very much against the iraq invasion. but i like and appreciate Bush more after this. i recently listneed to chaney's autobiography but found that while he seemed honest and consistent he lacked reflectiveness and self-questioning. Bush, however, does display these qualities. Also he writes at a good pace and seems confident rather than arrogant. It's not overwhelmingly informative or deeply thought out but I did learn quite a bit more about what was going on (than what the media gave us during most of his presidency)
"Maybe George wasn't as stupid as we thought!"
I had been no fan of George Bush or his administration but this book is still compelling listening. Its not an autobiography as such, its a series of chapters that details the most important issues that arose while he was President and his thought processes as he dealt with them. He doesn't always explain his reasons clearly but crucially he does go into some depth about the war's in Iraq and Afghanistan and why he took the action he did. Whether you agree with him or not is a different matter but he clearly believes that he did the right thing and he gives his reasons - which I thought were quite compelling in fairness. There are an awful lot of thought provoking points that he makes in this book and whether you like him or loathe him I think its important to get his side of the story.
"Listening to the other point of view"
I started this book with a definite prejudice against George Bush, and I ended up with about the same level of prejudice but a deeper understanding. I actually felt sorry for GWB on stem cells. You do have to think about votes, and your base, as a politician. It is quite spooky to have the President himself intoning his words in your earphones, but I don't think an actor could have captured the essence of this guy as he does mouthing his own words.
It is easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize, the events of sept 11 2001 shook the world. George Bush rose to the challenge! Useful to hear his side of the story!! Good Job.
As a U.K. Citizen I've always found myself more interested in US politics than that of the UK. During President Bush's administration,his goverment endured a perfect storm of terrorism, war and financial collapse. It was enlightening to hear the behind the scenes descriptions of why The Presidents arrived at the decisions that he did . No one can imagine the weight of responsibility the attacks on the World Trade Centre and this book has improved my respect and admiration for the man who had to make extraordinary decisions in extraordinary times. Recommended.
"An interesting book"
Having George Bush read the book does bring it more to life and puts more of his stamp on the book. I find the audio books great for travelling when you are unable to read or simply wanting to switch off and listen to something.
For anyone interested in Politics, this is a fascinating account of some of the key decisions which George W Bush took and how he made them. Whether you are a fan or not, it is still definitely worth listening to.
"Not such a jerk"
I found this audio book to be very interesting, like many others I had been lead to believe President GW Bush was a bit of a jerk, not very good with words, not very bright etc. this book has made me rethink my opinion of him, he made his decision's and stuck to them unlike many others, he believes he did the right things at the right time. Many will debate his actions for you years to come but I myself have changed my mind about him. He cares deeply for his country, is proud of his country and let's face it would anybody have been ready to deal with what 9/11 threw at him.
Couldn't resist this book, read by the author. I was a little uncertain whether to use my credit or not, as the media can have a powerful effect on one's opinion about somebody. Indeed this shows a completely different side to the President who was so poorly displayed in the media. Enjoyable and read well, and it was great to get the opinions of the ex President. I am glad I;ve read it and would recommend it to friends (and indeed you) if you like to read some different books in amongst your usual genres.
"This is a waste of time"
Don't bother. This biography is as full of ducking and diving as his presidency was. He fails to admit that he lied about Iraq, or that the invasion was a mistake. This book is a flagrant attempt at putting spin on what was probably the most divisive president in American history.
Quite frankly it should be categorised under fiction, not biography.
Worth a listen. The bloke is like a cartoon
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