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Decision Points

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

Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America’s 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.
In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brin
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Published November 9th 2010 by Random House Audio
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Admission: I lean middle left politically, did not vote for GW Bush, and did not like him during his presidency. After reading this book I found I liked the man (although not all of his decisions) and respected him more (although not all of his decisions), and found that he was more intelligent than had been my previous impression.

This book is a interesting and enlightening reflection by President Bush (43) on his perception of his life, his decisions, and his actions. It is not a great literar
Nov 08, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: conservatives, Republicans
Recommended to Jason by: Me
Shelves: 2011
This may be one of the most difficult reviews I've ever attempted to write. Being as opinionated about politics as I am, I'm very tempted to launch into my opinions on various political matters covered in this book. However, once I start down the dark path, forever will it dominate my discourse, so I'm going to try my best not to go there. I was originally going to go through each chapter and state whether or not I agree with the decisions he made, and why, and what's wrong with the world today, ...more
Glenn Gargiulo
Nov 12, 2010 Glenn Gargiulo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not think Bush was best President. However realistically to blame the problems this country has endured in the past few years on one man is crazy and really shows the simple minded attitude too many Americans have. You spent more money then you had and now it has caught up to you. Take responsibility for yourself.
I do not think Bush handled many things very well in his time in office, but then again given the situations and the information available at the time, I don't know that many could
Apr 12, 2011 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was not a fast read! Each chapter took a while to get through and seemed to encourage pondering.

As a longtime supporter of Bush, I was surprised to find I disagreed with some of his decisions. Yet, overall, I was encouraged by his prayerful, honest approach to the decisions that faced him as president. Reading his book motivated me to think about the decisions in my life and my approach to them. It encouraged me to be a better person. I felt the responsiblity he felt and I appreciated his hum
Nov 09, 2010 Zelda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update: Loved every minute. Even when I was in fierce disagreement it was fascinating to watch the decisions unfold. And what a gift to read about the important events of my lifetime from such an inside angle.

I really opposed TARP. I didn't understand how someone supposedly committed to free market principles could have pushed so hard for this huge government overreach. To read his explanation made me reconsider my harsh judgment of his decision. Probably because one of the few things I value m
"timeliness is important to make sure an organization does not get sloppy"

This was a fascinating book. Politics aside, I thought this was a well written, honest depiction of Bush 43's time in office. If you think about all that happened during W's 2 terms, 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis, to name a few, it was not an easy 8 years.

I appreciate W's honesty. He admits there were some decisions he made that were wrong. However, he explains in detail, why
Elizabeth Sulzby
Nov 11, 2010 Elizabeth Sulzby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I read this book because I wanted to know how Bush would defend himself and his administration. My answer about half way through and having skimmed the rest is: "Not well at all." (I have now read it entirely and reread specific parts and my comment still stands.) He doesn't seem to understand the events of his presidency, the repercussions of his actions, and the source-based historical books (and articles) about his presidency. I am reading with a "sick in the stomach, this truly can't have be ...more
Feb 09, 2011 Leesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently listening to this on CD with my 11 year old son while we drive to and from school. First I have to disclose that I am a major fan of this president and all the morals he stands for. I am very sad that our country does not give him praise for how he kept us safe. Sure as a conservative I did not always support his spending policies but otherwise I truly admire his compassion,leadership and faith. This book is very good and I am so pleased to hear in his words answer his critics and ...more
Regardless of whether you like him or not, he presided over one of the roughest times in american history. This book will make you laugh, probably frustrate you, and it may even make your eyes well up with tears.

President Bush has a unique perspective that only one other person has had, that is being the son of a former president, he has been involved with the workings of this country for a long time and because of that this book offers great insight, comical stories, gripping eye witness accoun
Jan 31, 2011 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love him or hate him, this book is worth reading.

Bush seems to have been vindicated in several areas that were controversial during his presidency, especially stem cell research and the surge in Iraq. There are other areas for which he takes responsibility, including public perception of the Katrina response and the failure of immigration reform. He seems to have done some honest soul searching for things he could have done differently if he had them to do over again. He does a lot more explain
Dec 10, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My purpose in reading biographies and memoirs isn't to take a side on political issues, but rather to understand a little better how people think. From that perspective, I liked the book.

I had a few random takeaways:

* I got the overall impression that Bush thinks his presidency will continue to look better in hindsight and that during his presidency too much politics/slinging took aim at him and strongly tarnished his perception.
* 9/11 caught Bush (and most of the nation) by surprise and really
Jan 02, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Tony Blair's political biography, I dove straight into read George Bush's "Decision Points."

Opponents ought to read the book in order to hear his side of things. Supporters ought to read it to get an inside look at the key decisions of his presidency. Those who loved him too much will be disappointed, and those who hated him probably won't bother picking up the book anyway (or might as well not, because they'll think what they want to whether or not they read it).

For the rest of
Mare S
I freely admit that I come at this book as a bleeding heart liberal who never thought much of President George W. Bush and his capabilities. I borrowed this book from the library - because yeah, wasn't going to pay for it - as I was curious to read his take on certain situations. I went into it fully expecting to feel annoyed with things and biased against his politics. I didn't expect it to be so very boring. It took me a whole week to get through fifty pages before I finally started skimming t ...more
Joe Martin
When I read political memoirs, I'm typically looking for one of two things: a much better understanding of the politician or a much better understanding of the decisions that were made and the day-to-day, nitty-gritty detail of events that led into the decisions. Sadly, with this book from "43", I got neither.

President Bush had an active presidency and was often juggling many simultaneous crises. I was hoping for a look at what life was like in his White House. How crazy does a typical day look
Feb 11, 2012 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad always talked about wanting to read this ever since it came out, but me, his son of a mere 17 years, finished it before him, HA! This was interesting enough. Very interesting and enlightening reflection by Bush on his perception of his life and decisions. He explains in detail why he made several of his decisions, which are ALWAYS controversial to everybody, for some strange reason. It's not very blow-by-blow or detailed. I like how he acknowledges his faith. Definitely not a page-turner. ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, politics
“I have done my best to write about the decisions I got right, those I got wrong, and what I would do differently if given the chance. Of course, in the presidency, there are no do-overs. You have to do what you believe is right and accept the consequences. I tried to do that every day of my eight years in office. Serving as president was the honor of a lifetime, and I appreciate your giving me an opportunity to share my story.”

Having read a number of political autobiographies, the first thing

So timely, a picturepainting.


G. Bush cashed $7 million for this book.
Bill Clinton cashed $15 milllion for his My Life, in 2001.
Obama is about to cash $20 million in advance for his upcoming memoir.

Is it due to inflation?
Scott D.
Nov 11, 2010 Scott D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I re-read some of this book (published in 2010) this weekend, and am reminded of the perspective of President Bush during the time following 9/11. He describes being given the badge of someone who died when the towers fell, and then:

"I served 2685 days as President after Arlene gave me that badge. I kept it with me every one of them. As the years passed, most Americans returned to life as usual. That was natural and desirable. It meant the country was healing and felt safer.

As I record these tho
Jan 17, 2011 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not fun to read. The explanation of events surrounding the most consequential decisions made during his presidency are interesting and sympathetic. I nearly teared up while reading chapter 5.
George Bush is an honest and good man, but that is about where it ends.
He brags about his appointments, his expansion of the role of government and the areas he pissed taxpayer money away.
To say the man is without guile is not to say he was a good president. I disagree with many (perhaps a majority) of his
Sep 01, 2011 André rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a few others here, I consider myself to be left-of-center (grew up in NYC, and have spent some time living in Europe, which has probably colored my perspective a bit). That said, I was curious to know how Bush himself perceived his 8 years in office, and wanted to gain a better understanding of what led him to make several decisions that, even at the time, seemed short-sighted and reactionary.

When I bought the book, I expected a healthy serving of self-delusion with a side of revisionist hi
Adrian Carpio
Nov 24, 2010 Adrian Carpio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Although not a fan of his politics, I was taken aback at the frankness of the president's memoir. Did this book make him seem more human? Yes. Did it change my mind about some of his policies? No but he does present some interesting points.

Besides this being a book about his decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan, I was surprised at how important his decisions on aid to Africa and developing countries were to him. I honestly don't remember reading much about these decisions when he was president. Som
Feb 02, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
It's obvious that President Bush wants to preserve and shape his legacy through this book, and I think he does an effective job. The book is structured as a revisit to some of the major--and controversial--decisions he made during his presidency. He seeks to clarify his thinking and explain what went on behind the scenes. It was enlightening to me to hear more about why he did what he did. President Bush obviously wasn't a stupid, bumbling man as portrayed by his detractors, and I personally thi ...more
Nancy Bielski
This book was interesting. It certainly didn't give any revelations, but I think it was an interesting reflection. I continue to believe that President Bush was a man who knew what he believed and didn't waver. He obviously wasn't overly critical of what he did, but he did reflect genuinely and admitted some of his decisions maybe weren't handled in the best way. I believe that Bush is a good and principled man, even if he may not have made the best decisions all the time. I believe he deeply ca ...more
My dog's name is George. George says he's quit drinking, so I won't tempt him. He would fit well in my golf four-some, but as President of the United States of America, he also only gets a 2. This book is just SPIN. I'm sure you've heard that word. George is trying to write history...or as Michael Jackson said.....His-Story.....

The book is surprisingly not-well written. I don't regret reading this book. Two was okay....Michael
Nov 19, 2010 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"she thinks hard before she speaks- a trait so rare in Washington that it was mistaken for intellectual slowness." p.101
"I used to tell Towey that we sure have a litigious society if Mother Teresa needed a lawyer." p.279

Politics aside, i liked the book. He does remain true to the title. He goes over the decisions he made in office.
Dec 20, 2010 mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arrested development and the Bush delusion.

It is a tenet of psychotherapy that understanding leads to compassion, and compassion leads to a kinder, gentler, more peaceful world through the process of forgiveness—of self and others. [Everyone ought to tell their story, write it down – even if only for themselves.] In Decision Points, George W. Bush explains why he did what he did. Throughout the book he insists that history will judge him a great leader and president. He compares himself, first t
Scott Rhee
Aug 31, 2011 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start this review, let me say a few things about myself. I am what is commonly referred to as a liberal. While I'd like to think of myself as rather Independent, my voting record tends to run more to the Democrat side. Not that I particularly love the Democrat party, I just happen to find myself agreeing more with their platform than with the Republican's. I did not vote for George W. Bush, either term, and I did not particularly like him as a President. I thought that he seemed somewha ...more
Dec 27, 2010 james rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was pleasantly surprised by the book. my political opinions aside, i expected the book to be full of political excuses. interesting enough, i did not find it that way. i learned a lot, actually. particularly the chapters on STEM CELLS, 9/11, and KATRINA (AFGHANASTAN AND IRAQ). i'll never come out in the open and state that i am a fan of gw, but i will say this... i think he got shafted by the media. i also believe that as time passes, he may not be viewed as the ignoramus that many in the worl ...more
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Lisa Wilson
This book is a MUST read for both liberals and conservatives as it completely transcends political party affiliation. It provides a unique glimpse into the important decisions that face a president during his tenure as the leader of the free world. Regardless of your own personal politics, you will gain a new appreciation for the job of the POTUS. What I enjoyed about this book was that it was neither a run-of-the-mill chronological account nor an accounting of the major successes of the Bush ad ...more
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