Decision Points

Decision Points

Book - 2010
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * In this candid and gripping memoir, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.

George W. Bush served as president of the United States during eight of the most consequential years in American history. The decisions that reached his desk impacted people around the world and defined the times in which we live.

Decision Points brings readers inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the 2000 election, aboard Air Force One during the harrowing hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room moments before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the scenes at the White House for many other historic presidential decisions.

For the first time, we learn President Bush's perspective and insights on:

* His decision to quit drinking and the journey that led him to his Christian faith
* The selection of the vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, Supreme Court justices, and other key officials
* His relationships with his wife, daughters, and parents, including heartfelt letters between the president and his father on the eve of the Iraq War
* His administration's counterterrorism programs, including the CIA's enhanced interrogations and the Terrorist Surveillance Program
* Why the worst moment of the presidency was hearing accusations that race played a role in the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, and a critical assessment of what he would have done differently during the crisis
* His deep concern that Iraq could turn into a defeat costlier than Vietnam, and how he decided to defy public opinion by ordering the troop surge
* His legislative achievements, including tax cuts and reforming education and Medicare, as well as his setbacks, including Social Security and immigration reform
* The relationships he forged with other world leaders, including an honest assessment of those he did and didn't trust
* Why the failure to bring Osama bin Laden to justice ranks as his biggest disappointment and why his success in denying the terrorists their fondest wish--attacking America again--is among his proudest achievements

A groundbreaking new brand of presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history--and on the man at the center of events.

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307590619
Branch Call Number: 973.931 BUSH G
Characteristics: xii, 497 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.


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Jul 22, 2016

Written by the former president, Decision Points is designed to revise Bush's historical legacy, which was left in shatters when he left office in 2009. And yes, there is plenty of false revisionism, like the chapters dealing with the lead up to the Iraq War and his economic record. However, there are many points that I agree with Bush like Hurricane Katrina. It was clearly a state and local responsibility to deal with the hurricane with the federal government providing help if asked. When Florida endured four hurricanes in 2004, FEMA worked side by side with state officials in providing support. However, when you had a buffoon mayor (currently serving a prison sentence) and a dithering governor, it was no real surprise that New Orleans fell into chaos. The idea that the lootings and shootings would've stopped if only Al Gore or John Kerry were president is ludicrous - take a look at the numerous midwest floodings and you never saw that type of criminal behaviour. Also, the idea that republicans and republicans alone were responsible for the economic collapse is erroneous. Senator Obama during this time was largely financed by Goldman Sachs, one of the key architects of the 2008 meltdown and actively opposed any regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two banks that played a pivotal role in the crisis. Overall, an interesting look at the Bush years that makes you think twice about the mainstream media narrative. And its clear that the ex-president is a very well read individual and not the dunce that some pundits would like you to believe.

Nov 24, 2015

Bush does not acknowledge the overwhelming evidence now available on the internet that proves the twin towers were destroyed by controlled demolitions rather than the elaborate airplane hoax. The subsequent intervention in Iraq thus becomes a terrorist act which morphed into the Syrian crisis. The book is simplistic rewriting of history from a guy in one of the worlds most difficult jobs.

Mar 14, 2015

President Bush II did more for HIV/AIDS in Africa than all other predecessors combined. A consequential leader at a consequential time.

Corey G Brooks Jan 29, 2015

I find myself a better citizen and also better prepared for times to come for reading this. I sympathize with For. Pres. Bush, and only through the previous influence of my brain; did I not. I can assume that working to make sure people aren't being "cloned" is a unique task for a fellow American, and having been greatly disrespected by people, which he depicts in an incident that tells of a woman saying that he was no better then "Osama Bin Laden", a man without the western education he clearly has; [he is probably justified in his elf-interst and wickedness, during his private life].

Aug 21, 2014

Amazingly good read. Pres. Bush is smarter than his critics gave him credit for.

Jul 15, 2013

Bush's book is slightly different from what you'd expect...Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. Bush goes from one point to another explaining why he chose to do what he did. If you want to truly understand where his desisions were "coming from"... This book is for you.

Aug 12, 2012

A good read. George W Bush is much smarter than many give him credit for. Particularly interesting to read of his recollections of the 9/11 drama.

Mar 27, 2012

Reading this book was commesurate with slowing down at an accident. I tried to go in with an open mind, but found myself quickly judging the author and dis-agreeing with his decisions. One thing I will give him is he is not a stupid man. He does, however, leave me with the impression that he is arrogant, privileged, manipulative and stubborn. An interesting read for those interested in understanding this President.

Nov 29, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Decision Points on my eReader. President Bush has an interesting writing style. It felt as though he is sitting and telling the historical accounts of his Presidency directly to the reader. I found it very difficult to set the book aside to do other, everyday things. It's a real "page turner".

jwt0427 Oct 25, 2011

Interesting read of how things happened from his perspective.

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