Decision Points by George W. Bush

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13 Critic Reviews

There is something very modern, almost New Agey, and endearingly insecure, about the tone and posture the son adopts in “Decision Points.” Even as he’s bombing Baghdad back to the Stone Age, he’s very much in touch with his feelings...Although Bush is admirable for stopping, he probably was more fun when he drank.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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 brings readers inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century.

President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family.

A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history – and the man at the center of events.
 

About George W. Bush

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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.
 
Published November 9, 2010 by Crown. 514 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Decision Points
All: 13 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 8

NY Times

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Reviewed by Michael Kinsley on Dec 17 2010

There is something very modern, almost New Agey, and endearingly insecure, about the tone and posture the son adopts in “Decision Points.” Even as he’s bombing Baghdad back to the Stone Age, he’s very much in touch with his feelings...Although Bush is admirable for stopping, he probably was more fun when he drank.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Nov 03 2010

The prose in “Decision Points” is utilitarian, the language staccato and blunt. Mr. Bush’s default mode is regular-guy-politico, and his moods vacillate mainly among the defensive and the diligent — frat boy irreverence, religious certainty and almost willful obliviousness.

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Guardian

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on Nov 19 2010

This self-serving memoir confirms that George W Bush is a moronic war-monger who can't think straight, can't string two words together and spent his presidency looking for countries to invade...

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WSJ online

Good
on Nov 09 2010

The book contains delightful and telling personal observations.

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LA Times

Above average
on Nov 10 2010

...one of the impressions that arises repeatedly in "Decision Points" is how much civility and bi-partisan cooperation matter to Bush.

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The Washington Post

Below average
on Nov 08 2010

It's a pity...in the process of presenting himself before the bar of history he didn't make a good book out of it.

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The Independent

Good
on Nov 12 2010

...the self-portrait offers traits to admire...Bush bears few grudges and has conspicously resisted the temptation to criticise either his predecessor or successor in the White House...

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The Telegraph

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Reviewed by Mick Brown on Nov 12 2010

Bush is no great literary stylist. The writing seldom rises above the workmanlike. Some of the language is distinctly odd.

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Huffington Post

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on Nov 14 2010

Decision Points should revive interest in psychoanalyzing Bush's character, as inevitably any dominant ruler who has acquired a messiah complex must be analyzed...

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Huffington Post

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on Nov 12 2010

Many of Bush's literary misdemeanors exemplify pedestrian sloth, but others are higher crimes against the craft of memoir.

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The Daily Beast

Good
on Nov 10 2010

Compared to Bill Clinton’s granite slab of a memoir, Bush’s feels light, affable, and readable...Bush is like a genre writer comfortably sailing along at his chosen altitude.

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The New Republic

Above average
on Jan 27 2011

Even now, it is hard to understand exactly why Bush did what he did. In Decision Points...he presents a great grab-bag of rationales.

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London Review of Books

Below average

Despite the sales, it’s unlikely that many will ever read Decision Points, and even fewer will finish it.

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