Decision Points (Limited Edition) Hardcover – Nov 30 2010
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"Decision Points is well-written, and interesting from start to finish. I think people of all political stripes should read it.George W. Bush also gives readers a good sense of what it's like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge." Bill Clinton "The former president delivers an unexpectedly engrossing rehash of what he considers to be the pivotal moments of his eight years in office." Los Angeles Times "Decision Points...gives the reader an uncanny sense of how personality and the fateful interplay of personalities within an administration can affect policies that affect the world." The New York Times "Decision Points breaks unsuspected ground" The Independent
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George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States.See all Product Description
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On the Amazon.com webpage of "Decision Points," George W Bush states that rather than provide an "exhaustive chronological account of my life and years in office," he wants to offer a memoir at a look back. Needless to say, he fails to do so, and gives a piece that resembles the latter.
The book is written thematically, yet often offers a recap in chronological order, failing to provide an in-depth examination or an introspective outlook. The reader often does not know the motivation behind Mr. Bush's decisions, and are often left guessing whether its personal or political.
"Decision Points" is carefully written, though often serves as a hind-sight justification for his decision-making rather than providing the utmost candor that one would expect (and as advertised). Mr. Bush does have a rather accessible and succinct style that you would expect of the straight-talkin' West Texan in international relations. Although it does not provide the most eloquent of proses, I particularly enjoy his style, yet hoped he would have provided more detail.
Furthermore, Mr. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" is one of the most historic pieces of legislation in education yet is only given a small portion.
Overall, I enjoyed the book but expected more. Its worthy of a read from the library if your strongly interested in his presidency, but it does not provide much detail or in-depth analysis that I was hoping for.
It seems that some decisions faced by leaders of countries are qualitatively different from those most of us face. Of course they have greater impact, affecting hundreds of millions of people. Many decisions are made by subordinates--making personnel selection crucially important. The decisions that get to the top aren't easy, and rarely have solutions that everybody supports. They are made under twin pressures of urgency and incomplete information. Pressures not faced by those who later second-guess from the relative safety and clarity of hindsight. It's worth reading the book just to better understand these kinds of decisions.
I also formed a personal impression of George Bush. I wouldn't enjoy his company much. He has that hard achievement drive that I've found wearing in others. I wouldn't enjoy his competitiveness when watching baseball with him--even when he could get great seats because he owned the team. And I wouldn't enjoy the good-old-boy, play-aggressive teasing he is fond of. I believe he means it affectionately and is sometimes clueless when it hurts or offends. It's an interesting blind spot. I admit that these things don't have much to do with his decision-making.Read more ›
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I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS READ. ANOTHER SIDE OF GEORGE W. BUSH WAS REVEALED IN THIS BOOK WHICH CHANGED MY OPINION OF HIS PRESIDENCY. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary Cory
Not many times do you see true insight into the halls of power and the struggles a president goes through in making tough decisions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MDI999
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husband,father and a friend.
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