Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Decision Points by George W. Bush

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 scenes at the White House for many other historic presidential decisions.
For the first time, we learn President Bush’s perspective and insights on:
His decision to quit drinking and the journey that led him to his Christian faith
The selection of the vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, Supreme Court justices, and other key officials
His relationships with his wife, daughters, and parents, including heartfelt letters between the president and his father on the eve of the Iraq War
His administration’s counterterrorism programs, including the CIA’s enhanced interrogations and the Terrorist Surveillance Program
Why the worst moment of the presidency was hearing accusations that race played a role in the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and a critical assessment of what he would have done differently during the crisis
His deep concern that Iraq could turn into a defeat costlier than Vietnam, and how he decided to defy public opinion by ordering the troop surge
His legislative achievements, including tax cuts and reforming education and Medicare, as well as his setbacks, including Social Security and immigration reform
The relationships he forged with other world leaders, including an honest assessment of those he did and didn’t trust
Why the failure to bring Osama bin Laden to justice ranks as his biggest disappointment and why his success in denying the terrorists their fondest wish—attacking America again—is among his proudest achievements
A groundbreaking new brand of presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history—and on the man at the center of events.

This book is an account by George W. Bush of the events of his Presidency (particularly those involving 9-11 and the War that followed), but it also is a memoir of his private life, including his battles with alcoholism.

I have to say that I didn't expect to like this book very much. While I am a conservative, I never really liked George Bush very much. He seemed to lack intelligence, and I never felt he allowed Dick Cheney to run the White House. However, this book surprised me. I DID enjoy reading it. I found him to be witty and well-spoken. 

I found it very interesting to read the behind-the-scenes situations of this historical time. I liked him sharing his thoughts on various World leaders - the good and the bad. It was fascinating to read his perspective.

I also found it to be uncomfortably honest about his drinking - there were even moments that made me cringe. It was real and brutal and shed a light on what alcoholism can do to families. 

If you are a history-buff, you will really enjoy reading this book. It was a terrific read and I am glad I took the chance with it.  

“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

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