Decision Points Online by George W. Bush
Click Here to Download the Book 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 governorâ€™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.
Reviews I proudly voted for George W. Bush twice and would have been thrilled to vote for him for a third term had that been an option. So I came to Decision Points expecting to like the book, but my expectations were far exceeded. President Bush has written an inspiring and intriguing memoir. I am far more impressed with this man than I ever was before. He was a great and horribly underrated president. I hope we have another like him soon. Decision Points reminded me how unfairly attacked President Bush has been. I am convinced that if the media had reported and commented on his presidency objectively, his approval ratings would never have taken those depressing plummets. History will judge him far more kindly than contemporary analysts have.
Decision Points is an excellent read and will instill in the reader an appreciation for all that a president of the United States is faced with, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. I appreciated how GWB shared both sides of major issues, and he also shared snippets from the media that were often not favorable. But he defended himself well and truly did what he felt was best for our country. The chapter on 9/11 was especially touching--I had forgotten the emotions of that time. How quickly we take our freedom for granted. Great recap on major news events in the last decade. President Bush wrote a personal condolence letter to every family of a fallen solider during his presidency-around 5,000 letters, and met 550 of these grieving families in person. He is also a big fan of Abraham Lincoln and read over 14 Lincoln biographies during his presidency--good taste in presidential favorites! He mentioned that Truman had a 20% approval rating when he left office but he's now considered one of the greatest presidents in history. It takes time for history to decide on a president's job well done. Insightful quote from President Bush: "One of the lessons I took from Roosevelt and Reagan was to lead the public, not chase the opinion polls. I decided to push for sweeping reforms, not tinker with the status quo."
I thought this was a well written autobiography. I liked that the chapters weren't incredibly long and drawn out to read. I like that it was an easy read except for the chapters on the wars. I was attentive as best as I could in trying to understand Bush's point of view. Some of the information was somewhat complex for me at times. Before reading this book I believed every negative word in the media about Bush. I still am on the fence about some of the decisions he made regarding the wars and hurricane Katrina. Regarding Katrina I did blame him alot for the lack of response, but since reading his book I learned the difference between where a president steps in and a Governor is supposed to step in. Both former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin had equal shares of responsibility. I have wondered how Gov. Kathleen Blanco slept at night. You'd have to read the Katrina chapter to see where I'm coming from. I admire Bush for his faith. And I believe he made decisions the best that he could. In the book he admitted to his mistakes constantly, and I have to respect that in a person. So while I don't empathize with George Bush, he witnessed what his father had to go through as President, so he had to know what came with the territory of running a country. I do sympathize with the events endured during his run in office and the pressures he felt to right what his decisions made wrong.
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