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Decision Points

de George W. Bush

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Decision points is the memoir of America's 43rd president. George W. Bush offers a candid journey through the defining decisions of his life while writing about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments.
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Informative but rather dry. The most interesting part for me, is that you know who George W. Bush likes on the world stage, and who he didn't quite like. ( )
  siok | Mar 10, 2024 |
This took me almost a week to read. Way longer than it normally takes me to read a book. I was surprised by how much I liked it. His personality really came through and it was formatted in a way that you went from one important point in his presidency to the next. Pages weren't filled with names or particulars that weren't relevant. His deep faith and his humor both came through in perfect balance. Also his mother's humor peppered the book and she cracked me up. I think Ill add her book to my tbr list as a result. ( )
  MsTera | Oct 10, 2023 |
Read by the Author President George W Bush
  rbcarver | Aug 30, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: In this candid and gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.

George W. Bush served as president of the United States during eight of the most consequential years in American history. The decisions that reached his desk impacted people around the world and defined the times in which we live.

Decision Points brings readers inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the 2000 election, aboard Air Force One during the harrowing hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room moments before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the scenes at the White House for many other historic presidential decisions.

For the first time, we learn President Bush's perspective and insights on:
His decision to quit drinking and the journey that led him to his Christian faith
The selection of the vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, Supreme Court justices, and other key officials
His relationships with his wife, daughters, and parents, including heartfelt letters between the president and his father on the eve of the Iraq War
His administration's counterterrorism programs, including the CIA's enhanced interrogations and the Terrorist Surveillance Program
Why the worst moment of the presidency was hearing accusations that race played a role in the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and a critical assessment of what he would have done differently during the crisis
His deep concern that Iraq could turn into a defeat costlier than Vietnam, and how he decided to defy public opinion by ordering the troop surge
His legislative achievements, including tax cuts and reforming education and Medicare, as well as his setbacks, including Social Security and immigration reform
The relationships he forged with other world leaders, including an honest assessment of those he did and didn’t trust
Why the failure to bring Osama bin Laden to justice ranks as his biggest disappointment and why his success in denying the terrorists their fondest wish—attacking America again—is among his proudest achievements
A groundbreaking new brand of presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history—and on the man at the center of events.

Since leaving office, President George W. Bush has led the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The center includes an active policy institute working to advance initiatives in the fields of education reform, global health, economic growth, and human freedom, with a special emphasis on promoting social entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for women around the world. It will also house an official government archive and a state-of-the-art museum that will open in 2013.
  Gmomaj | May 29, 2023 |
Listened to this as an audio book on one of my drives to Little Rock while at RS Dallas. Was given to me by my mom in 2020 as part of the CCHS library collection. I already had a lot of respect for George W, but this book increased that even more. I was afraid this book would come from the perspective of him defending himself and trying too hard to explain certain decisions, but instead it came across as someone who acknowledged many areas where he had to make very difficult decisions and how his moral construct to include his childhood and entire background, his friends and family, and other key influencers like his faith, helped guide him in his decision making process. I think each president should be required to write a book like this at the end of their presidency and the people of America should pick the specific decision points we want the president to write about. Highly recommend this to others.
  SDWets | Jan 31, 2021 |
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