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Number of Pages: 497
Vendor: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.14 X 5.23 X 1.09 (inches)|
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 governors 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 Bushs 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 administrations counterterrorism programs, including the CIAs 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 governments 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 didnt 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 wishattacking America againis 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 historyand on the man at the center of events.
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Hardcover edition.
ToodlesDumplingLaurel, MSAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5VERY INTERESTING & EASY TO READ!November 30, 2011ToodlesDumplingLaurel, MSAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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 :-)
AnonymousBorger, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inside Look to a PresidencyNovember 17, 2011AnonymousBorger, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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
LuceWashington, DCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 19, 2011LuceWashington, DCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleExcellent 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.
Pamela TaylorTraverse City MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5February 23, 2011Pamela TaylorTraverse City MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What 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.
Creswell Scott5 Stars Out Of 5Very Outspoken,good & badFebruary 2, 2011Creswell ScottQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I 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.