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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 Harbour; 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 centre of events.

©2010 George Bush (P)2010 Random House Audio

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Not such a jerk

I found this audio book to be very interesting, like many others I had been lead to believe President GW Bush was a bit of a jerk, not very good with words, not very bright etc. this book has made me rethink my opinion of him, he made his decision's and stuck to them unlike many others, he believes he did the right things at the right time. Many will debate his actions for years to come but I myself have changed my mind about him. He cares deeply for his country, is proud of his country and let's face it would anybody have been ready to deal with what 9/11 threw at him.

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Listening to the other point of view

I started this book with a definite prejudice against George Bush, and I ended up with about the same level of prejudice but a deeper understanding. I actually felt sorry for GWB on stem cells. You do have to think about votes, and your base, as a politician. It is quite spooky to have the President himself intoning his words in your earphones, but I don't think an actor could have captured the essence of this guy as he does mouthing his own words.

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Maybe George wasn't as stupid as we thought!

I had been no fan of George Bush or his administration but this book is still compelling listening. Its not an autobiography as such, its a series of chapters that details the most important issues that arose while he was President and his thought processes as he dealt with them. He doesn't always explain his reasons clearly but crucially he does go into some depth about the war's in Iraq and Afghanistan and why he took the action he did. Whether you agree with him or not is a different matter but he clearly believes that he did the right thing and he gives his reasons - which I thought were quite compelling in fairness. There are an awful lot of thought provoking points that he makes in this book and whether you like him or loathe him I think its important to get his side of the story.

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Insightful!!

It is easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize, the events of sept 11 2001 shook the world. George Bush rose to the challenge! Useful to hear his side of the story!! Good Job.

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Enjoyable listen.

Like all Bio's, Its the person whos writing it, view of History..... I enjoyed the book, but he has still yet to convince me that he invaded Iraq for a good reason.
George does have a soothing voice, Id recomened listening to this is you wish to sleep.

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Good listen, would have liked more

Enjoyed listening.

Would have been nice to hear about more of his time in office. Changed my perception oh him...

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honest book from a honest and decisive President

insightful book on a wartime president who had to face an unprecedented amount of crises, from 911 in 2001 to the financial crash in 2008. Yet, he remained true to his values to defend America at home and abroad and didn't bend under pressure by the politics in Washington DC

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Very interesting but lacking variety

Has some really interesting and detailed insight into some events, the wars and various crisis mostly. But Bush says in his epilogue, he missed out many events by focusing on decision. So the book can lack some holistic themes that regular readers of biographies may be use to.

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Insightful and Interesting

Strongly recommend listening to this. I naively bought into the "he must be a war hungry idiot" rhetoric that floated around the media during his time in office. George W admits that he made some mistakes, but listening to this it seems clear to me that every choice he made in his presidency was always what he genuinely felt was best for his country. I believe him to be a man of deep integrity that at every opportunity put the well being of his people above his own.

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Listening from the left of centre

A chance to cut through some guff, Bush does well to handle a difficult Presidency and ferocious critics with a level of dignity, self-clarity and reflectiveness. A chance to approach a much vilified guy from a different angle, at least for a while.

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worth listening to

I'm more left-leaning and was very much against the iraq invasion. but i like and appreciate Bush more after this. i recently listneed to chaney's autobiography but found that while he seemed honest and consistent he lacked reflectiveness and self-questioning. Bush, however, does display these qualities. Also he writes at a good pace and seems confident rather than arrogant. It's not overwhelmingly informative or deeply thought out but I did learn quite a bit more about what was going on (than what the media gave us during most of his presidency)

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