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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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  • Michael
  • Ringoes, NJ, United States
  • 01-23-11

Enjoyed this

I was a little bored in the first part of the book. You really have work hard to get past his voice. Once you get into chapter 2 this book really becomes interesting and full of wow moments.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • Sylvester, GA, United States
  • 01-06-11

Worth the listen

I liked the format where he takes each major issue of his presidency and reviews it with a candid and honest approach. It covered the facts and an interesting look inside his white house. The only president with a Master's Degree and the one made most fun of shows he is intelligent and not some right wing fanatic bent on ruling the world as the far left constantly warned. Worth the time, and the fact that he reads the book himself just adds a little something to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 01-03-11

Loved it!

I too miss W. I believe he was exactly the right man to be in charge during 9/11, not some wishy-washy poll-watcher who is most concerned with personal popularity. This memoir was a great reminder of a fascinating period of time.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Phyllis
  • Carbajosa de la Sagrada, Spain
  • 12-11-10

One of the best Audible Books I've ever bought!

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.

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  • James
  • clearfield, UT, United States
  • 12-07-10

Classic "W"

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.

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  • Rob
  • Woodstock, GA, United States
  • 12-07-10

Great Book From a Great Man

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.

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  • knitter
  • Orland Park, IL, United States
  • 12-06-10

Great Insights

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • tucson, AZ, United States
  • 12-04-10

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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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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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.

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