A Reader Opines: Decision Points by George W. Bush

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Published: October 18th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2010)
Genre: Memoir, Biography, Political
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decision Points has been in my to-be-read pile, along with several other non-fiction books, for quite some time. I’ve been so caught up in fiction that it took me a while to find the mood for political fare. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read President Bush’s memoir. It’s a thought-provoking and eye-opening account of his years in office.

Blurb taken from Paperback Edition:
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 governor’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 Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurrican Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the twenty-first 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 relationships with his family.

A groundbreaking presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and offer neew perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history—and the man at the center of events.

Bush doesn’t give us a rundown of everyday life in the White House. Instead, he focuses on his decision making process and how he reached major decisions during his presidency. It’s written conversationally and leaves no doubt about how he felt personally and professionally about the events he chose to write about.

As someone who consciously lived through and remembers the issues and events discussed, I can say this book filled in a lot of blanks for me. There is humor, horror, pride and disdain within its pages. It shows the impossible positions that all presidents find themselves, the power politics holds over issues that should have nothing to do with politics and the path one man took in order to stick to his moral and ethical principals.

Whether you supported President Bush or not, you’ll find something in Decision Points that will make you look again at the events he discusses. It may not change your mind, but it will give you a different perspective. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys political history.

This review first appeared on Invincible Love of Reading.

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