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Decision Points Hardcover – 10 Nov 2010
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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)
President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions of his presidency and personal life.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Good overview of the 10 most critical decisions in the Bush junior era and the underlying philosophy behind the decisions. Well written and to the pointPublished 24 days ago by Sohee
A remarkably honest book right from the outset. The unconventional structure works well but there could be a bit more consistency in the amount of time spent on each part of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Hatton
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... Read more
I rented this book recently because I thought it would be amusing... it wasn't. I actually missed bu$h when he left office since he always used to make me laugh. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2014 by Paul Smithson
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