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Decision Points
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on 19 July 2017
Really enjoyed it. Very interesting book.
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on 13 December 2012
I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks to criticise George W Bush as it looks at some of his most important decisions (deciding to quite drinking, going into Afghanistan and Iraq and the financial crisis of 2007-2008) which could ultimately change your perspective on this controversial President.

This book is a must-read for anyone studying the 8 years that George Bush was President!
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on 25 August 2013
This book is a very good read. It is packed full of interesting detail and gives a lot of information about the man.
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on 2 October 2014
Great Investment> Thank you
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on 4 March 2015
Surprisingly well written interesting account by president Bush.
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on 2 May 2013
I like it and I saw the movie first. So I tried to find the original book to read.It is cool.
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on 10 May 2013
A thumping good read written by a man with an obvious empathy for his fellow human beings and an intelligence and understanding of complex big picture issues.
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on 14 December 2011
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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on 17 February 2012
This a well composed book, and has a prose style that fits with President George W. Bush's style of speaking. The narrative tends to revolve around the interplay between love of family, deep faith, a genuine concern for the well being of others and the safety and well being of America.

Some might argue that he puts too much faith in his faith, in concert with gut instinct, in order to decide on policy, vis-à-vis a cynical and dangerous world. However, when there is too often no good options available--such as to stay or withdraw from Iraq--it would seem that the best option is to make decisions that will create the environment within which, on little more than faith, time and others' efforts and willingness to serve/sacrifice, there may possibly be a good outcome. Whether the good outcome is the result of 'because of', or 'in spite of', is always the $64,000 question, to which history seldom provides a reliable answer.

As Professor Colin S. Gray has pointed out, in Another Bloody Century -- Future Warfare: We cannot know the future of warfare, but the past is a good guide. So, with that in mind, how history will treat the Bush Presidency is likely to be no more conclusive than the official history of FDR in contrast to that of John T. Flynn's The Roosevelt Myth. Or the official history of Abraham Lincoln in contrast to that of Thomas J. DiLorenzo's The Real Lincoln. Thus, President George W. Bush will have content himself with knowing that he made history, and have faith in his own conclusions about his decisions. Decisions that are very much more influenced/constrained by others, within and without the administration, than I hitherto thought.

There is a good amount of humour in this book. One example, from many, is when Hank Paulson's mother broke down in tears, when she was informed that Hank had--in her view--given himself over to the Dark Side, because Hank had agreed to join the Bush cabinet :-)
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on 3 November 2011
This is not a history of his Presidency. Instead, it looks at a selection of key decisions, the thought processes behind them, and in some cases, the consequences. It is a political memoire, so read it with care.

Key issues include 9/11, Iraq, Katrina and the Credit Crunch. Certainly the chapter on Hurricane Katrina should be a warning to us all regarding news coverage and journalists. The post-Saddam collapse in public order in Iraq is not covered in detail. Read carefully, this could be because although Bush was responsible, those key decisions were made elsewhere and by others.

Unless you have already made your mind up, this is well worth the read, and I certainly found it very readable.
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