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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (10 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753539667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539668
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,660 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.George W. Bush also gives readers a good sense of what it's like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge." (Bill Clinton)

"The former president delivers an unexpectedly engrossing rehash of what he considers to be the pivotal moments of his eight years in office." (Los Angeles 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)

"Decision Points breaks unsuspected ground" (The Independent)

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

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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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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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I brought this book after watching a history channel programme.
It made interesting reading especially the section on 9/11
Like so many people I know exactly where I was when the towers fell. I remember Bush on tv.
It made interesting reading to learn his thoughts at that time.
Well worth reading .
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Excellent insight into a very critical juncture in US politics. Bush is often heavily criticised, however fundamentally when one gets to delve into his mind at critical moments such as in the aftermath of 9/11 a certain level of clarity in his decision making is clearly evident. Concurrently he accepts his failures in the handling of resources in the days following hurricane Katrina.
Moreover, one is given insight to the neocon influence in the Bush43's administration as he speaks of the influence individuals like Paul Wolfiitz had on decision making.
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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. I truly enjoyed reading this book, it is emotionally charged and engaging. I confess I've improved my opinion of George Bush after reading this book. What I liked is that George Bush had an ideology and he followed that ideology.
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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 media, that he was a bit of a prat and not very bright etc and i found myself changing my mind about him, he starts by telling how quitting drinking put him on the path to the presidency and then explains the decisions he made, he truly believes in what he did at the time was in the best interests of his country, he does express regret on some of his decisions ie Katrina. His decisions will be debated by others for years to come but he has made me rethink my view of him and I now think of him in a far better light than before.
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This is a great book. I couldn't say that I was much of a fan of the Bush presidency, so I could say that I picked up the book slightly biased. However, that in itself does not detract from the fact that this is a very enjoyable, personal and great run through of Bush's viewpoints of major events that occured during his presidency. From his early days as Governor of Texas, through securing the office of the president, through Iraq, Afganistan, Katrina, home affairs, AIDS inititive, freedom agenda and more. The writing style is very 'easy to read', and it's not often that I fine a genuine page turner these days- but this book is certainly that. Additionally, Bush's humour often comes through often, as do his candid reflections. Granted, the book is always going to be a bit one-sided; after all it is his memoires, but it is still a fun and lively read. Furthermore, you get to appreciate the work undertaken by many of his key contributors: Condi Rice being a notable example of whom Bush clearly recalls fondly. Interestingly, Dick Cheney does not feature in the text as much as one would think that he would- perhaps it was Bush's way of highlighting that the presidency was still his show, and not as usurped by Cheney as much as other literature indicates otherwise.
In conclusion,as stated, I'm not a big supporter of the Bush presidency, so the fact that I'd give the book 6 out of 5 if I could says how much I recommend it.
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