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Decision Points

George W. Bush

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Decision Points

By: George W. Bush

Narrarated by: George W. Bush

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, 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.

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Alice Gregory

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Alice Gregory is a Brooklyn-based freelancer. She's written for a variety of publications including New York, NPR, Details, and The New York Observer.

11.09.10
George W. Bush, Decision Points
2010 | Label: Random House Audio

Love him or hate him, the 43rd President’s memoir is a fascinating read
Forget the flap copy. What’s an “About The Author” going to say about George W. Bush? 43rd President of the United States? Please! Love him or hate him, Bush’s eight-year presidency spanned some of the most dire and consequential years in America’s history. The policies he implemented have made our world what it is today. Decision Points, the former president’s memoir, takes us from the fraught 2000 election to his final day at the White House, two terms later. Bush’s insistence upon placing himself in various settings — Texas mansion, Air Force One, the Situation Room, the Oval Office — is almost auto-anthropological. From Christianity to alcohol addiction to weapons of mass destruction to Hurricane Katrina, Decision Points runs the gamut. As with all memoirs penned by public figures, Bush here offers himself up in mostly flattering light. He appears serene, God-fearing, rational, and above all, patriotic. Naturally, there is a subtext of defensiveness, an attempt to preemptively control history. Bush shows more world-wariness than ever before though — apologizing and confessing to mistakes. On the fictional weapons of mass destruction, he writes, “I had sent American troops into combat based in large part on intelligence that proved false.” It’s a watered down sort of redemption showcased here, but Decision Points, like so many other presidential memoirs, is mostly a product of public relations; it’s about as candid a book as you would expect. As the fairest, most bipartisan of readings will confirm, George W. Bush held maybe the least desirable occupation of all time.

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Great Read

cheryq03

I found this book very interesting. Some of the reviews below are trash from people looking to once again slam someone who thinks different than they do. How sad. Did they even listen to it? Why did they download it or didn't they know how?

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Nice to see

MikeCornelison

So far, two reviewers, one who can't spell the word "about", the other who talks about Bush as being illiterate, kind of ironic, this kind of sniping about illiteracy from people who haven't even read or listened to the book. If you give this book a listen, you'll see this man's decisions were well thought out with every decision he had to make, not always the right call, and he will admit that, but well thought out indeed. Just give this book a listen, it will change your mind about the man and make you feel sort of sorry for the gullible dupes who still think he's an intellectual lightweight.

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Who want's to know

wk_emusic2

aboot decisions of somebody not being in position to differentiate between Austria and Australia?

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Really?

rapope

Who ghost wrote this piece of trash? The man is illiterate.

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