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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 3.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,535 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 Points...gives 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2012
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This is an enjoyable and interesting book, in which George Bush outlines his view of the world, and particularly that of his own performance as president. Divided into 14 chapters, each dealing with a key issue faced during his life and especially during the eight years of his presidency, Bush covers 9/11, hurricane Katrina, the financial collapse of 2007/08, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, stem cell research, his religious beliefs, his relationship with alcohol, and his impressions of other world leaders.

The book flows well, and provides a good insight into the the thinking of a man who, although coming from a position well to the right of the political centre, authorised the greatest amount of nationalisation in US history, and who perhaps surprisingly gave federal funding for limited stem cell research for the first time.

There is an an excellent chapter on America's support for medical aid to Africa during Bush's presidency, and this must stand as an achievement in what was a turbulent and controversial period in modern history

I found this book to be a good reminder that even those in leadership with whom we profoundly disagree, usually still sincerely believe themselves to be acting in the best interests of others, and can be capable of admirable acts, as well as of the decisions which appall us.

Interesting and informative reading.
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Before reading this book I, perhaps like other readers, had certain preconceptions about George W Bush. He will, for example, always be remembered as the President who invaded Iraq. Indeed, he makes a strong case for his decision and I would encourage sceptics of the War in Iraq, of which there are many, to read this book for an understanding as to why he, along with a number of those in his administration, felt it necessary to commence the war. His analysis of the information coming to him through intelligence reports from across the globe, as well as his commitment to keeping America safe, reveals why the Iraq War was so much more than a war for oil.

However, as the title of my review suggests, Decision Points paints a wider picture of the achievements of the Bush administration. His drive to combat HIV/AIDS and malaria, especially in Africa, has saved millions of lives and is one of many chapters dedicated to decisions other than those surrounding war. Other interesting insights include the fiasco of Hurricane Katrina, efforts to tackle the taboo subject of Social Security and the action-packed weeks of the finacial crisis.

Written in an original style where each chapter reflects a particular decision, Decision Points may offer a surprise to readers who have a one-dimensional view of one of America's most important Presidents of all time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mark eliot on 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 15 people found the following review helpful By Musicfan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 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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