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Review of the Book, not the President,
This review is from: Decision Points (Hardcover)
Most of the reviews here are not of the book but of the President, so typically the reviews are falling along party lines (similar to way too many things these days). It should be possible to review the book as an autobiography and not a political commentary. That said, the book is an interesting reflection by President Bush on his perception of his life and actions. It is not a work of master prose. The President writes like he speaks. The thoughts are straight forward and often simple, but they are his. It is not insightful but it is revealing. If you are looking for insight into the workings of Washington or an assessment of policy, this book is not for you. If you want to read about how President Bush views his life and presidency, the book does a pretty good job of that. It often leaves the reader with questions and certainly does not contain deep reflection (that will take many more years to develop), but it is the George W Bush talking about George W Bush as he sees himself and his presidency today.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2010 6:04:47 PM PST
R. Morrow says:
Half way through this book myself, I was curious as to how other readers were perceiving it so signed on to Amazon to check reviews. After reading several posts, this one, in my opinion, says it best and most succinctly, by far. Great review, Mr. Davies. Thanks.
Posted on Nov 18, 2010 7:53:02 PM PST
Connie G Scammell says:
I agree with both of you. I'd be curious to read this book but I wouldn't want to pay for it. I may get it from the library. I just want to learn about GWB and read about his insights into his eight years of the presidency. I agree that most people would either rave or rant about this book because of GWB the man. Your review is the most honest, but now I'm curious as to how he views his presidency as you didn't give any examples to back up your statement when you write "It often leaves the reader with questions..."
Posted on Nov 19, 2010 12:50:32 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010 7:49:40 AM PST
So you're going to believe a Bush-basher? The writers affiliated with The Huffington Post are notorious for this. You may want to do your own research on those accusations.
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Krista Brook Null says:
I suppose you support the current president, who never utters a coherent word that is not written for him.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2010 1:04:51 PM PST
Why are you bringing President Obama into a discussion about George Bush's book? Are we still "not over it"?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2010 5:57:11 AM PST
Mae James says:
Mr. Bush has been interviewed regarding his book on many television and radio shows, including interviewers that were not pro Bush. If the charges made on Huffington Post were true I am sure someone would have brought them up. Some folks just need to get over themselves!
Posted on Nov 25, 2010 8:09:21 AM PST
Linda Hamel says:
Thank you for your honesty
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2010 6:51:11 PM PST
L. Williams says:
Huffington Post.......says it all don't you think?