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Decision Points by George W. Bush
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Dec 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history, nonfiction, political, 2011-books
Read from December 29, 2010 to April 29, 2011

Former President George W. Bush is a very polarizing figure, hated by many for so many different reasons, many imagined (or exaggerated) and many legitimate. However, despite your opinion of the man and his legacy, Decision Points is a well-written, and engaging book that helps cast Bush's time in office in an entirely new light.

The book's effectiveness has a lot to do with Bush's decision to focus entirely on the major events and decisions of his life and presidency, rather than attempting to capture every detail in an immense volume that many will buy but few will read. In Bush's book, each chapter is devoted to a different decision or event. He covers 9/11, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Hurricane Katrina, and many other aspects of his time in the White House with great focus and clarity. He reflects on what he thinks he and his staff did well and what he thinks they could have done better. Occasionally he admits to mistakes and more often he defends his decisions.

The book is not likely to win anyone over and at times it feels like he is defending himself q bit too much, but it does effectively illustrate the difficulties of being in the Oval Office and makes the reader wonder if anyone else really could have faired much better.

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