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Decision Points by George W. Bush
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Apr 01, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: 2011, history-other, memoirs, poli-sci

listened to this in the car during my commute.

i liked him better at the beginning of the book than the end, but.

mostly i still think that bush 43 acted and made decisions with his heart and his head and that he did what he thought was best for the country. i might disagree with his choices and priorities, but i don't think he was evil or anything. i do think he does shift a lot of the blame off himself by repeating over and over how he "listened to the experts around him", but that might not be obvious if you aren't really listening/reading it.

i would like it to have an epilogue now that bin laden has been killed.

also, i realize again that his greatest priority was keeping america safe from another terrorist attack. i found his talk of the "blood lust" at ground zero to be extremely offensive and off-putting, not just because i was there, but because that was NOT the mood that pervaded new york in those days. at all.

in a way, he didn't seem to be explaining his decisions, but rather, defending them. i don't know if that was because i was listening to it rather than reading the print, but.

i still maintain the most off-putting part of this book is the structure. it wanders all over the place, and i had a difficult time keeping the time, players and locations straight. i definitely think he needed a better editor - or, at least, to listen to one.

interesting read though, especially since it's such contemporary history.

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Reading Progress

April 1, 2011 – Started Reading
April 1, 2011 – Shelved
April 1, 2011 –
page 192
38.63% "listening on audio at the same time. mostly, he wanders. a lot. chapter on 9/11 infuriates me (blood lust? we were MOURNING), but interested in other parts. glad someone else is reading it though."
April 11, 2011 –
page 298
59.96% "still listening. don't like the iraq section. still wish everything wasn't referenced to 9/11. kind of wish it was over already."
April 28, 2011 –
page 400
80.48% "oh, georgie george. i kind of don't hate you. though i don't like you still."
May 7, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
May 7, 2011 – Shelved as: history-other
May 7, 2011 – Shelved as: memoirs
May 7, 2011 – Shelved as: poli-sci
May 7, 2011 – Finished Reading

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