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Decision points is the memoir of America's 43rd president. George W. Bush offers a candid journey through the defining decisions of his life while writing about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments.
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    The Untold History of the United States af Oliver Stone (PlaidStallion)
    PlaidStallion: To his credit, Bush gave Saturday Night Live’s Will Ferrell a new character. But in Stone and Kuznick’s book:

      George W. Bush was legendary for his misstatements and malapropisms. But sometimes, through the mangled syntax, a bit of truth would slip out. Such was the occasion in 2004 when he declared, “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

      When Bush’s party was unceremoniously booted out of office in 2008, he was rated by historians as among the very worst presidents in U.S. history if not the absolute worst. His popularity and approval ratings set new lows for the modern era but were actually higher than those of his even less popular vice president, Dick Cheney. Bush and Cheney left the country in shambles, its economy collapsing and its international reputation at an all-time low. After invading two countries, threatening many others, and undermining the rule of law at home and abroad, the once-admired United States was now universally feared and widely condemned. People wondered whether the wrongheaded policies of the Bush-Cheney administration had resulted from ineptitude, hubris, and blind ambition or if perhaps there was something more sinister about its plans for the United States and the world.

      Although the ever-cautious Barack Obama chose not to investigate the crimes of his predecessor, others would adhere more closely to the strictures of international law. In February 2011, George W. Bush was forced to cancel a speaking engagement in Switzerland for fear of massive protests against his torture policies. Activists were also planning to file a criminal complaint with Swiss prosecutors. Katherine Gallagher of the Center for Constitutional Rights explained, “Waterboarding is torture, and Bush has admitted without any sign of remorse, that he approved its use…Torturers—even if they are former presidents of the United States—must be held to account and prosecuted. Impunity for Bush must end.” Protest organizers urged demonstrators to bring a shoe in honor of the Iraqi journalist who was jailed for throwing his shoes at Bush in 2008. Referencing the 1998 London arrest of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Gavin Sullivan of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said, “What we have in Switzerland is a Pinochet opportunity.” Amnesty International announced that similar steps would be taken if Bush traveled to any of the 147 nations that were party to the UN Convention Against Torture.
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Presidential memoirs are tricky things. You always have to wonder if the President is attempting to persuade history to his point of view. I like to give the President the benefit of the doubt however and trust that he is giving us a more or less honest portrayal of his years in office.

This is one of the more difficult memoirs I've read, partly because I became an adult at the end of President Clinton's term and lived through the events of President Bush's. His election in 2000 was the first presidential election I was eligible to vote in. What made this so difficult was reliving the horrors of 9/11 and the moving through to my eventual dissatisfaction with Bush as he abandoned conservative principles in the waning years of his presidency. Reading his explanations of why he gave up on free market principles to save the free market sound hollow at best. I think, eventually, history will be more kind to President Bush then we are today, but that will depend on the success of democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I appreciated the style of the book, focusing on major decision points rather that a traditional linear narrative. This format makes revisiting his thoughts on the issues considerably easier than in most memoirs. All in all, I think its worth reading for student of history and political science, but please put aside your media-manipulated hatreds before picking it up. ( )
  LeBleuUn | Nov 14, 2021 |
Listened to this as an audio book on one of my drives to Little Rock while at RS Dallas. Was given to me by my mom in 2020 as part of the CCHS library collection. I already had a lot of respect for George W, but this book increased that even more. I was afraid this book would come from the perspective of him defending himself and trying too hard to explain certain decisions, but instead it came across as someone who acknowledged many areas where he had to make very difficult decisions and how his moral construct to include his childhood and entire background, his friends and family, and other key influencers like his faith, helped guide him in his decision making process. I think each president should be required to write a book like this at the end of their presidency and the people of America should pick the specific decision points we want the president to write about. Highly recommend this to others.
  SDWets | Jan 31, 2021 |
I got it from the library. Hahahaha.
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
I've only started reading this book and am enjoying this more than I thought I would. ( )
  niennaalfirin | Jul 30, 2020 |
The is George W. Bush's memoir of his time in office. Here he explains what he considers to be some of the most important or dramatic events of his presidency. Bush approaches each situation in a matter of fact way, explaining the information that he had at the time, the steps he took to gain more information and how he came to his decisions whether they be right or wrong.

I found some of the stories heartbreaking such as Bush's experiences of 9/11, his visits to Ground Zero, and the decisions he had to make after that. I also found many parts enlightening; in particular, more of the story was revealed relating to the Federal government's slow response to Katrina that shows that there is more than one side to every story. Or how the "Mission Accomplished"

I appreciated Bush's candor in the book in overcoming his own personal demons such as alcohol. I also enjoyed reading about his obvious love and devotion to his wife and family.

Parts of the book got bogged down with details about the minute decisions in government that would probably bore the most avid political science major. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
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Decision Points holds the same relation to George W. Bush as a line of fashion accessories or a perfume does to the movie star that bears its name; he no doubt served in some advisory capacity. (...) Decision Points flaunts its postmodernity by blurring the distinction between fiction and non-fiction. That is to say, the parts that are not outright lies are the sunnier halves of half-truths.
 
A pugnacious determination to be taken seriously is about half an inch below the surface of “Decision Points.” It’s poignant that even as a former two-term president, Bush should feel the need to strut the way he does. The book is full of maxims and advice. “I prided myself on my ability to make crisp and effective decisions,” Bush reveals.
 
Det skulle överraska om framtida historiker rekommenderade USA:s avgående presidenter att använda Bushs memoarbok som förebild för sina hågkomster.
tilføjet af Jannes | RedigerSvenska Dagbladet, Erik Åsard (Nov 30, 2010)
 
Here is a prediction: “Decision Points” will not endure. Its prose aims for tough-minded simplicity but keeps landing on simpleminded sententiousness. Though Bush credits no collaborator, his memoirs read as if they were written by an admiring sidekick who is familiar with every story Bush ever told but never got to know the President well enough to convey his inner life. Very few of its four hundred and ninety-three pages are not self-serving.
tilføjet af jcbrunner | RedigerThe New Yorker, George Packer (Nov 29, 2010)
 
Bush erkänner ett och annat misstag i boken, men han undviker att ta ansvar för sina mest kontroversiella handlingar. Utan några detaljerade argument försvarar han beslutet att använda vattentortyr under förhören av terroristmisstänkta.
tilføjet af Jannes | RedigerDagens Nyheter, Martin Gelin (Nov 13, 2010)
 
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