Decision Points PDF 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 This was a good book. Even if you don't agree with all of former Presidents Bush's policies, I would recommend this to anyone curious about how the presidency runs or to anyone that would like to know the reasoning behind his major decisions. I learned a lot reading this. The title is Decision Points and that is the format in which it is written. Instead of going from birth to now recounting what he considered the high points of his life, he penned his major crossroads, mainly in his presidency, and explained his reasoning. There were a few decisions he made that I believed were wrong when I was seeing them from the perspective of the media, but after hearing the numbers and details he gives to support his stand, I now understand more fully and have changed my opinion on some of them. It's always good to hear both sides of the story before drawing conclusions, and to me, he seemed to have most the facts on his side in these issues. 9-11 is such an important day in the History of America; it was quite interesting to read of the President's response to the situation and the stories he had to share. I, also, particularly liked hearing of the background to his difficulty in the response to Katrina, and his thoughts on war strategy, like troop surges and controversial water-boarding. Some of these things surprised me and were things I had never heard from the media. Though this book is written more professionally than emotionally, it was written well with just the right amount of emotion to keep my attention from wandering off in a sea of statistics. It was written simply and easily, so that, though the experiences may have been complex in real life, they didn't ever really go over my head. There were a couple cuss words, but probably less than five in the whole book, and they were recounts of actual dialog not just randomly inserted. I feel they could have been left out, but there weren't enough to prevent me from finishing. Other than that, I would say that it was a very clean book, and one that I quite enjoyed reading.
First, I'd like to acknowledge that this book and my review may offend people. Emotions still run high from the Bush 43 Presidency and I'm going to try to review Decision Points as rationally as I can. With that being said, I would like to disclose that I did not vote for President George W. Bush.... because I was too young. Had I been old enough, I would have voted him. I am a conservative Republican and agree with many of Bush's decisions, not all of course, but some.
One of the most distinguishing factors in Decision Points is the way the book is formatted. Rather than going through a chronological narration of his presidency, President Bush focuses each chapter around a major event or issue and the decisions he made regarding those events or issues. For example, an early chapter focuses on his decisions on how to staff the personnel in his cabinets and staff, which I found really interesting. I liked reading about these important figures who helped President Bush guide his decisions from a personal aspect. Bush gives his first impressions and backgrounds on many of his staff. A later chapter focuses on the issue of embryonic stem cell research and the decisions that President Bush made for funding this research. Each chapter gives a great amount of detail, enough for the reader to have a sense of the scope of President Bush's decision making-process and the background and information he had to work with in order to make those decisions. Particularly fascinating are the chapters surrounding 9/11 and the Middle East engagements. I won't give my views on how I feel about Bush's decisions but I will say that I loved getting his point of view and learning about the context of his decisions. I always like to keep in mind that the President of the United States always has more information than the public whenever it comes to foreign affairs, especially military affairs. I don't want all the information because I know it can jeopardize our safety, but I really appreciated what Bush was able to describe in these situations. The one thing that I found most disconcerting was that sometimes his stories seemed to wander and then the next section went back to his original point. I found it a little jarring and left me wondering what the past couple of paragraphs had been about. However, this was mostly just in the first few chapters that dealt more with Bush's personal reminisces rather than his Presidential policies. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone. I don't think it matters if you hate or love George W. Bush. If you hate him, you may be able to better understand him as a person trying to do an incredibly difficult job or you can gain some more fodder for your wrath against him. If you love him, this book gives you better insight to him as a person and his decisions which will help you understand him more. If you're not political, this book will still give you a better understanding, or at least a different perspective, of many important events and decisions from 2000 to 2008 and it's very easy to read, it is not like trying to read a dense political science book.
Maybe my review won't be as analytical and intellectual as most of the others that are written here. I am a middle aged white American woman. I did not complete college but later went back to school to get my certificate at a vocational school. Since that time I have worked in the health insurance industry for 23 years. I'm not wholeheartedly in to politics but I do listen to my husbandâ€™s views and he does feel strongly about politics and he knows all about history, wars and anything any time period that you would want to discuss with him. I do watch the news daily, local and World. Needless to say I have become much more involved in the last 16 years since we became married. Having said all that so that you might have a sense of who is writing this review, I will begin it. I was a George W. Bush fan from the beginning and I love him even more now after reading this book. I felt very safe when he was on office. I knew that he had served in the Reserve do he military training. He had graduated from both Yale and Harvard. How many can day that! He was a strong Christian He knew what jos agendas would be while he was I N office and worked diligently to help those too pass. The records of the agendas while he wading off overly turned out to have grunted up very. Thank you Mr. President.
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