Decision Points   -     By: George W. Bush
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In this candid, gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life. Go inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the 2000 election; aboard Air Force One after the September 11 attacks; and into the situation room moments before the start of the Iraq war. Large Print Edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Crown
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.50 X 1.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0307590615
ISBN-13: 9780307590619
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Laurel, MS
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    VERY INTERESTING & EASY TO READ!
    November 30, 2011
    ToodlesDumpling
    Laurel, MS
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased this because my 23yr old nephew read it, enjoyed it as well as his mom. Once I started reading this, not only is it very interesting, but so easy to read it is as if President Bush is in your den having conversation with you about these decisions. I am so pleased with its readability and relatability. Have already recommended it to whoever would listen :-)
  2. Borger, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inside Look to a Presidency
    November 17, 2011
    Borger, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was very anxious to begin reading this book after I received it in the mail to review for WaterBrook Multnomah. I appreciated George W. Bush as a president--especially his leadership after 9/11. So I wanted to see his presidency from his perspective in his own words.

    How enlightening! I'm sure it would be enlightening to read the words of any president of his own administration years. But this president was the first since Abraham Lincoln to face an attack on U.S. soil. Even though I had heard President Bush speak of various things concerning 9/11, it was interesting to see the timeline and what he or his family were doing at various points. I didn't know that so many threats were made during that time and that he and Mrs. Bush ended up running for safety that first night after the attack...thinking another attack was coming.

    I loved reading about his relationship with his father and the deep love and respect they have for one another. I think it's hilarious to hear him joke about his mother and how much alike they are. I really appreciate his sarcastic humor throughout the book--which he says comes from his mother. You can tell they are a close family which he seems to have fostered with his daughters as well.

    It's interesting to note President Bush's feelings of his staff, congressmen, senators and the critical issues they faced during his years of presidency. I appreciated seeing the inside workings of some of those issues. I also enjoyed getting a look aboard Air Force One and how things operate from that office at times.

    George W. Bush doesn't sidestep any issue in this book. He approaches it head on--whether you agree with him or not--love him or hate him. He just wants everyone to understand the reason he made the decisions he made as president. And I think you'll have a pretty good idea of those reasons after reading this book. I honestly think you'd enjoy reading this book whether you appreciated George W. Bush as president or not.

    I'd give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

    Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
  3. Washington, DC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 19, 2011
    Luce
    Washington, DC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Excellent personal account of the presidency. Even if you didn't agree with decisions made by W., this book gives you the personal insight into his heart and mind and we see what a humble approach he took to what he calls, the greatest privilege he was ever afforded.
  4. Traverse City MI
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 23, 2011
    Pamela Taylor
    Traverse City MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a man to be admired. A true heart for the Lord and a true heart to serve in a Godly manner!! George W Bush is someone who will grow to be appreciated more and more as the years go by.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Outspoken,good & bad
    February 2, 2011
    Creswell Scott
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I appreciate President Bush's candidness.He tells the good and the not so good but that shows his honesty.

    I have not completed the book as yet but it keeps

    me antisipating the next read.I'm really enjoying it.
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