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Decision Points [Paperback]

George W. Bush
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Book Description

7 July 2011

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 George W. Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor's Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on September 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.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753539969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539965
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Decision Points is well-written, and interesting from start to finish. I think people of all political stripes should read it." (Bill Clinton)

"Whether you love or loathe George W. Bush, this book is worth buying. It's well written, in a crisp narrative style. It is reflective and self-critical, informative about the decisions that he faced, and the process by which he achieved them...if understanding is the first step to redemption (for Bush), this book will help." (The Times)

"Decision the reader an uncanny sense of how personality and the fateful interplay of personalities within an administration can affect policies that affect the world." (The New York Times)

"An immensely readable and fascinating account of the key decision moments of his presidency told through the prism of his life...will go a long way towards setting the record straight about those turbulent, transformative years of American history." (The Daily Telegraph)

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President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions of his presidency and personal life

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. 25 May 2013
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I don't know why I should be so surprised at this being really good, but it is! I read a few political autobiographies and this was one of the most engaging, articulate and readable I have come across. I came to it being far from a fan of Bush as President, but found the way he takes us through the key decisions of his Presidency very convincing and things made far more sense having read them than you ever got from the crude political pastiche you used to find on the news. I found myself looking up his Ground Zero speech on You Tube and having read the feelings he had when he replied to the crowd "I can hear you" you suddenly watch the segment with more grasp of what was really going on. I wouldn't say I finished the book agreeing with him all the time, but I understood so much better where he was coming from and there was real clarity in the piece which is coming through from so many reviews as well. I bought my copy on the Kindle but was so impressed with the read that I ended up picking up a copy in traditional book style (from Oxfam!) as I wanted on one my shelves. So I'd say give this a try as it really gives a sense of some difficult times and the thinking that was beneath them.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative and entertaining read. 29 Sep 2011
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I have always felt history will be kinder on George W Bush's presidency than the present commentators. He is man who had a good record as Governor of Texas and was president for 2 terms in very difficult times for ther USA. This book picks out the main challenges during his presidency and explains why he did what he did. You may not agree with him but he clearly thought a lot about his decisions and was prepared to make them. He comes across as someone who cares, someone who is decisive, someone who wanted to make a difference, someone with integrity and someone who is ordinary (as opposed to being arrogant). He lists his failures and regrets as well as his successes. He writes in an easy to read style which demosntrates a clarity of thought. You may not agree with him or with what he did but this book explains why he did what he did. It might alter your view of him. Political autobiographies can often be self serving (Major, Blair, Clinton), hard to follow and boring. This book is none of those. A thoroughly well written book and a very entertaining and informative read. Certainly one of the best books of its type in recent times. Plenty of ammunition in this book for debate on contraversial subjects such as torture, the middle east etc. Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively meaningful 21 Jan 2011
This book, for me, was somewhat of a relevation. I had always seen Bush as taking a simplistic, binary view of the world, leading to dramatic and painful consequences. What emerges is a thougtful, decisive, deeply religious man who took a clear view of his responsibilities to the American people in the light of the terrorist attacks of Sept 11th 2001. The book reads extremely well and gives a clear perspective on the rationale for both Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether you support those campaigns or not, this book gives a deep insight and for me - as a critic of the campaign in Iraq - made me reevaluate my position. There are a number of areas which did challenge me - particularly his blithe defence of waterboarding - but for anyone seeking a deep insight into the key events which have shaped the last decade, this book is indispensible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if not particularly in-depth 21 Aug 2011
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This is a concise account of some key policy and personal areas in W's life; and the various 'Decision Points' covers his entire time in charge of the world's most powerful country, and although this approach makes for an absorbing read there are a few issues. One, the chronology of events is confusing due to his non-linear approach to story-telling; by taking each area in turn, he ignores the interconnectedness of events which is usually, at least for me, the most fascinating part of a political memoir. Also, secondly, I feel there were areas that were not self-critical enough: Bush usually summarizes opinions he believes the public to hold of him and doesn't expand on his own beliefs enough and sometimes even misrepresents public opinions, although I think this is for no other reason than to simplify. So in conclusion, an interesting if not deep enough memoir. You do get answers for many questions that you would want to ask one of the world's most controversial leaders but it also leaves a lot of personal questions unanswered.
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Former president George W. Bush presents the eight years of his presidency in terms of the major decisions he faced. Most he supports and explains; a few he regrets and also explains. The decisions range from his resolve to quit drinking to how he addressed the nation's financial crisis in the closing months of his presidency. Other major decisions involve choosing key personnel, conducting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to hurricane Katrina, and providing foreign medical aid. There are fourteen such decisions.

It seems that some decisions faced by leaders of countries are qualitatively different from those most of us face. Of course they have greater impact, affecting hundreds of millions of people. Many decisions are made by subordinates--making personnel selection crucially important. The decisions that get to the top aren't easy, and rarely have solutions that everybody supports. They are made under twin pressures of urgency and incomplete information. Pressures not faced by those who later second-guess from the relative safety and clarity of hindsight. It's worth reading the book just to better understand these kinds of decisions.

I also formed a personal impression of George Bush. I wouldn't enjoy his company much. He has that hard achievement drive that I've found wearing in others. I wouldn't enjoy his competitiveness when watching baseball with him--even when he could get great seats because he owned the team. And I wouldn't enjoy the good-old-boy, play-aggressive teasing he is fond of. I believe he means it affectionately and is sometimes clueless when it hurts or offends. It's an interesting blind spot. I admit that these things don't have much to do with his decision-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very revealing
I don't know how much of this book was written by President Bush himself, so I assumed all of it. Given that he is a religious man I presume innocence unless proven guilty. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jack London
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I greatly enjoyed the book because it was absolutely interesting! Mister Bush is very forthright in the way that he writes. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting book
It was hard for me to stop reading it at times, it's very interesting, full of great anecdotes and informative. You never heard this stuff on TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally interesting.
This book is a very good read. It is packed full of interesting detail and gives a lot of information about the man.
Published 12 months ago by Phoebe
5.0 out of 5 stars He changed my mind
I freely admit I was not a big fan of President G W Bush but having listened to the audio book I decided to read the full book and I realised how much i had been influenced by the... Read more
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