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Decision Points Audiobook

Decision Points

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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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    Amazon Customer 04-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Legacy Rehabilitation: The Book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be more appreciated by those who did not feel so disappointed in and disrespected by the Bush Administration.


    What was most disappointing about George W. Bush’s story?

    His lack of serious introspection and his failure to address the core failures of his presidency was supremely disappointing. This book is a missed opportunity. He only cops to minor sort of surface failures - his chapter on Katrina is incredibly obtuse. He claims the principle failures were the failure to deploy troops just a little faster and some minor public relations missteps. I don't know why I was expecting, from this man, a deeper self-analysis of a defining moment of his presidency than this, but I really was.

    Another problem of the book is the score-settling he includes, often in glib little asides and often somewhat hypocritically. For example, he criticizes the campaign strategies of Al Gore and John Kerry, but has nothing but praise for Karl Rove and Lee Atwater. Seriously, that's hysterical. He should do stand-up.

    A real missed opportunity for a surprisingly thoughtful-seeming man to reckon with his presidency's complex legacy.


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    McLarty is a great narrator. George W. Bush has a distinct way of speaking and there are many types of narrators who would have been either too formal in their speech or would have gone overboard into caricature. McLarty strikes a great balance - a vaguely Texan accent but not an imitation. You could almost close your eyes and imagine G.W.B. was doing the talking himself.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's certainly compelling and engaging. It's hard to put down once you've started listening, because he's really addressing some very important moments in our recent history. And he comes across as surprisingly endearing for large portions of the book.


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    Kim Fisher Warren 03-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Unexpectedly captivating/entertaining/informative"
    What made the experience of listening to Decision Points the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic book regardless of which side you are on in politics. Fascinating views on how 8 years of decisions were made.


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    KidsandCakes 03-04-13
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    "Enjoyed this book more than I expected"

    I have always supported the Bush presidency, and while I realize that he was not perfect and didn't always make the correct decisions, I trusted him. I trusted that he would always try his best to do what was right. This book has confirmed that in my eyes. The book details how he came to make the important decisions in his personal life and in his presidency. It is evident in his decision-making that he truly was trying to do the very best job he could in every area of his life. The book is extremely candid. President Bush details his failures as well as his successes. Most impressive to me is the fact that he never speaks ill of any of his political opponents. The times he mentions President Clinton, or President Obama, it is to commend decisions that they made in crisis situations. He is a class act.

    The one concern I had when I purchased this book was the fact that it was not read by the author. I usually prefer books read by their author as this is the best way to get the true meaning of the words as they were intended, rather than someone else's interpretation of them. HOWEVER, the narrator of this book does an excellent job! I often forget that I'm not listening to the President himself reading his words.

    In short, this is an excellent and informative book that is both well written and excellently narrated. Great Job!

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    Amazon Customer 07470 08-26-12
    Amazon Customer 07470 08-26-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Thank you Mr. President"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Decision Points to be better than the print version?

    I did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story brings the listener inside the president and leads to an understand of the tremendous depth of George W. Bush.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


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

    It made me feel sympathy for this great man. History will treat him better that the media has.


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    Sherry 07-24-11
    Sherry 07-24-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written evidence..."

    ...that President Bush is, in fact, an honorable man and that his decisions weren't taken lightly. I feel that I know, better, the man that he is and praise God for his leadership. No, like ALL of us, he is not perfect but he was the first to admit it.

    The narrator, Rod McLarty, did an excellent job. I really wanted to get the version read by GWB himself but I didn't want to miss any of the content. I've been very pleasantly surprised. This is my first Audible book. I'm trying Audible because I have really spastic eyes and thought this would allow me to read current books. I'm pleased with my decision!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    This book is a good inside view of the presidents life, both highs and lows. He is very honest and sheds light on many issues he had to deal with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 07-11-11
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2001
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    "A view from the other side"

    While I supported President Bush by voting for him. I had questioned some of his decision making and the bringing of the o'le boys club from his father's cabinet into his. While the book is insightful, it may have raised more questions than questions answered for me. The shame of it all is that dreadful day 9/11/01 which totally turned our and his world upside down, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had that day not occurred. I believe in his decision making for the most part. However, I thought he could have done better in dealing with President Putin of Russia. In particular by personally attending the ceremony of Bayone WTC Memorial which dedicated to us by President Putin from the Russian people thus aligning us in the fight against a common enemy, an opportunity missed in my opinion. As for President Bush's stance in the fight against terror, I firmly believe that a lessor man would have caved to the pressure to withdraw, thankfully he had the will and determination to see it through. It was interesting to see that President Obama used pretty much the same words describing our enemy in his May 2011 speach, that President Bush did in his closing remarks. A coincidence? Odd how the world changes when the decisions fall on someone elses sholders. Under the circumstances that changed President Bush's presidency the path he took was not great but not bad either. The book is worth the listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Big Bear Lake, CA, United States 02-16-11
    Mark Big Bear Lake, CA, United States 02-16-11
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    "Presidential Memoirs"

    I liked the way President Bush approached this book. Discussing critical decisions during his administration and his rationale for the decisions that were made.

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    Alex 12-11-10
    Alex 12-11-10
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    "We miss you"

    Thank you W. May God bless you and your family. I have a feeling that historians will give you the credit you deserve.

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    Alan 11-19-10
    Alan 11-19-10
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    "Great book!"

    Finally G.W tells his side of everything! Love him or hate him......at least you know where he stands!
    I sure miss having a president with a backbone!!!

    34 of 72 people found this review helpful

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