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Decision Points Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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George W. Bush’s decisions were all correct. It was just the aftermath that sometimes became muddled. That, at least, is the impression one gets after reading this surprisingly robust memoir. For those who have missed “43” in the public eye (and for those who haven’t as well), his voice is evident on every page. Cocky, defiant, and, at times (especially when speaking about his family), emotional, this is the George Bush who insists that “everybody” believed there were weapons of mass destruction, that much of the blame for the post-Katrina fiasco should be put on Louisiana’s local governments, and that Harriet Miers would have made a fine Supreme Court justice, given the chance. He does admit some mistakes (“Mission Accomplished”), but he stands by his big decisions and backs up his claims, which is simpler to do when the other side isn’t chiming in with their opinions and/or facts. Those who have followed Bush and his presidency will find many of the personal stories here familiar (how he stopped drinking; his whirlwind romance with Laura), but there are some fascinating reveals as well, including his affection for Ted Kennedy, his sometimes-complicated relationship with Dick Cheney, and his read-between-the-lines digs at Colin Powell. Some political memoirs (hello, Bill Clinton) are bloated journeys that devolve into pages and pages of, “and then I met . . .” Bush, smartly dividing the book into themes rather than telling the story chronologically, offers readers a genuine (and highly readable) look at his thought processes as he made huge decisions that will affect the nation and the world for decades. Many will ridicule his thinking and bemoan those decisions, but being George Bush, he won’t really care. --Ilene Cooper
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George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States.
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But this does not take away from the fact that this is an interesting book because he opens a lot and you have to respect, regardless of where you stand on the issues, that this is/was our President. He did achieve the highest political position that affected all of our lives and he obliges us by giving the important "why". I think he gives sufficient background detail for the reader to make judgement for or against his actions in each of the "Decision Points", not that it matters because it is all history. Another reason I like this book is that it is relatively recent history for a reader to judge fairly whether or not his perspective "jives" accurately with their own.
While reading this book, you get the feeling that George Bush is talking directly to you in the first person and not through some historian interpreter as if you are an outsider to a much more complex story than you remember. The President takes a lot of effort to make his case almost to the point of sounding a little apologetic because he acknowledges that the results did not necessarily match his intent. He gives some insight as to the difficulties for even a President to make things happen the way he actually wanted. This is where I am sympathetic to the President where I was not before. I think that when history avails itself long after he and the rest of us are gone, the best summary description based on my assessment of this book is that George W Bush exercised a Presidency that even he did not intend. The question that is left for the reader is whether or not he should be forgiven.
Decision Points is the interesting memoir of our two-term 43rd president of the U.S. President Bush wisely formats the book according to his most important decisions during his presidency. Bush uses a very friendly, personable tone, at times very presidential (reserved, cautious) and at other times very candid and genuine. For the record, I did not agree with many of his positions but I do respect the office and after reading this book I do have a better understanding of the man.
Memoirs from our Presidents are a must reading because you get a firsthand account on what it is like to be the most powerful person in the country and the responsibilities that it entails. It's history and that alone makes it important.
1. Pleasant tone throughout. It's well written, well researched and it indeed covers the most important decisions during his eight-year presidency.
2. Heartfelt description of his family. The love and admiration for his father is undeniable. He refers to George H. W. Bush as dad throughout and Barbara Bush as mother. The love he expresses for his loved ones is palpable. It's the one area where he doesn't hold back and can be human. The first couple of chapters of this fourteen-chapter memoir really captures the essence of Bush the person and as a result of that I have a newfound respect for him as a loving husband, caring father and son.
3. One of the main reasons to read a memoir and in particular that of a president is to get that inside scoop of what happens behind the scenes. There is also an interesting transformation of George the "hothead" defender of his father, and Bush the President. Being the son of a president (2nd time that's happened in our history, the Adams being the first), clearly helped W. He was never shy to ask his father for advice but at the end of the day he makes it clear throughout this book that it was his decisions to make.
4. Bush in many ways dismissed some myths of his character. For one, he was never portrayed as a well-read individual. Yet in an amusing tidbit, he revealed that he had a personal reading contest against Karl Rove in which in a period of about a year Karl read 110 books to Bush's 95.
5. I totally disagreed with the stance he took on stem cell research but at the very least I understand now that it was anything but a rash decision on his part.
6. The chapter on 911 (War Footing) is worth the price of the book.
7. Bush is candid about some of the mistakes made without really throwing anyone under the bus.
8. The book is true to its title. The most important decisions of his presidency are discussed: 911, Stem Cell Research, Bush Doctrine (make no distinction between terrorists and the nations that harbor them, ...), Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina, Education, Faith-Based Initiatives, Healthcare, AIDS in Africa, and of course the Economy.
9. A lot is covered in 400 pages...and of course in a Bush book I expected a lot of pictures (joke).
10. Good sense of humor. Despite the serious nature of decision making, Bush's humor comes through and for the record his mother, Barbara Bush has a couple of great lines. She's a hoot.
1. As candid as Bush was about his family, the same cannot be said about issue of politics. Some of it is understandable, but you do get a sense that he is tight-lipped about a lot of issues.
2. As a secular humanist, I see faith as a sign of weakness. There is a very strong religious tone throughout. Not in the sense that he recites scripture throughout the book but in the sense that his religious views did impact some of his decisions. Case in point, faith-based initiatives?? 20 Billion dollars worth in the first year?? First amendment?? It clearly goes against the Establishment Clause. The Government should not be in the faith business or show any signs of favoritism toward religion. I know Bush has a personal relationship with God, but I rather have a President who has a personal relationship with reality.
We are a very giving nation. There was no need to establish faith-based initiatives.
3. Science took a back seat during Bush's administration and it does once again in this book. Let me leave it at that.
4. There are some controversial issues that Bush did not cover in the book. Case in point, his stance that evolution and creationism are compatible. No they are not! I'm also concerned with anyone who claims to have a personal relationship with a non-existing supernatural being. There is no scientific evidence that prayer works...a topic for another day.
5. One of the chapters that disappointed me the most is the Lazarus Effect. So much money is being poured into Africa to help contain AIDS. The notion is commendable but the approach is faulty. Abstinence does not work. We are sexual creatures, we have sex and we will not abstain from something that gives us pleasure. The money would be better spent, in education and a lot of condoms. Yes the ABC program stands for Abstinence, Be faithful and Condoms but the latter is not encouraged at all despite being one of the letters.
6. No question that demise of the economy in the latter part of his administration, hurt McCain's chances (though the truth be told McCain did not help himself) and hurt Bush's legacy.
In summary, the book is a must read regardless of your political views. In fact I would say that those who opposed Bush's politics would have much more to gain from reading it. I certainly did. I may have disagreed with many of his politics, but I admire the man for giving it his best during his eight years as president.