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Decision Points - George W. Bush
Decision Points
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Decision Points is a memoir by former U.S. President George W. Bush. It was released on November 9, 2010, and the release was accompanied by national television appearances and a national tour. The book surpassed sales of two million copies less than two months after its release, breaking the... show more
Decision Points is a memoir by former U.S. President George W. Bush. It was released on November 9, 2010, and the release was accompanied by national television appearances and a national tour. The book surpassed sales of two million copies less than two months after its release, breaking the record previously held by former President Bill Clinton's memoir My Life. Decision Points also opened at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Bush's 481-page memoir is broken up into 14 chapters. The first two chapters are about his life before the presidency. The first chapter is about notable events in his earlier life such as his decision to quit drinking in 1986. The second chapter is about his decision to run for Governor of Texas, and then President of the United States. The remaining twelve chapters are about events during his presidency: the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, aid to developing countries, the "surge" (a decision to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007), domestic issues (including Medicare Part D, Social Security reform, No Child Left Behind, and Immigration reform), the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, embryonic stem-cell research, and the financial crisis of 2008. He wrote with the research assistance of former White House Deputy Director of Speech writing Christopher Michel.
In the book, Bush expressed his moral dilemma with stem-cell research. He extensively consulted members of his administration about the pros and cons of the issue, learning about the benefits of stem-cell research while trying to find ways to avoid encouraging abortions. His opposition of abortion was inspired by him seeing (and holding) a jar of his mother's miscarriage fetus during his childhood. Bush writes that his decision to only use existing lines has been vindicated by recent successful research undertaken with non-embryonic stem cells.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307590619 (0307590615)
ASIN: 307590615
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 497
Edition language: English
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Turn The Page
Turn The Page rated it
One of a handful of 5-star books I have read. Every American should read this book, whether you are Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Independent, Tea-Party, PETA, whatever. I was riveted to this book.
Book Thoughts
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3.0 Review of Decision Points by George Bush
I was not a supporter of President Bush when he was in office, but I never had the hatred towards him that many of my friends did. I always respected the man and just disagreed with his politics and decisions. I wanted to read this book to both get a good look at his thought process when he made the...
Bookish Thoughts
Bookish Thoughts rated it
5.0 Decision Points
I waited in line for a long time to not only get the book but I also got it signed and met with Mr. Bush. This is one of my pride and joys on my bookshelf and a very moving read.
lanewillson
lanewillson rated it
3.0 Decision Points
Prior to reading Decision Points I viewed George W. Bush as the most disappointing, if not the worst, president in American history. With Decision Points President Bush was able to cement my opinion of his administration. This is a sad admission from a life long Republican. There was virtually nothi...
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover rated it
5.0 Decision Points
This book was great. It was enlighteing to read about the world events from W.'s POV. 9/11, Iraq, both election campaigns--it's all in there and it's facinating!
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