Sunday, July 17, 2011

Decision Points Review

Decision Points by George W. Bush
My Rating: 4.5 stars

Decision Points


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.

My Review

I'm not much for autobiographies or politics. I would have never read this book except that it was chosen for our book club. I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to get into George W. Bush's head and hear the story from his point of view. Instead of outlining his presidency chronologically, each chapter covers a major decision he faced as president and walks the reader through his decision making process. He candidly talks about decisions he got right and mistakes he made during his presidency. I really learned a lot while reading this book. It increased my opinion of him and made me do a lot of thinking. I've become a better person from reading this book.

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