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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 (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,337 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 1000 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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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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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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George W Bush was dealt a poor hand from the razor-edge election of 2000 onwards. Whether he played his hand well or otherwise is not the point of this review. 'Decision Points' is compelling from start to finish and he writes candidly and honestly about his failures as well as his achievements. Unexpectedly, the chapter on stem cell research reveals a man of deep thoughfulness and sensitivity.

The book is a useful antidote to the received media wisdom of the time that "W' was a dolt. However history may judge him, the book makes clear on every page that his driving passions were the defence of America and the 'freedom agenda'. He comes over as a politician with sharply-defined convictions, warm human relationships and, most refreshingly, an ability to admit mistakes. Of course, there is self-justification, but there is also humility and it is this candour which makes the book not only well worth reading but also pondering afterwards. It's a long time since I have read anything which deals so convincingly with the exercise of power and its limitations for a long time.
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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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