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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George W. Bush Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307748669
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President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions of his presidency and personal life.
Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America’s 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life. 
In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st 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 relationship with his family.

A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history – and the man at the center of events.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Murphy | 2/17/2014

    " Great insight into the events and decisions that President Bush made and why he made them. Shows a side of him that the media wouldn't convey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/5/2014

    " It was pretty much a history and it got to be boring for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duane | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. Not for the prose, but the personality of the man really comes through. And I like him. It was interesting to learn some of the inside story on national and international events. During his years in office, the press was so relentless in its efforts to undermine him. It was very refreshing to at last hear his side, directly from the man, in his down-home style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Carlson | 1/24/2014

    " Great insight into the daily life of a president and the challenges encountered while serving in the oval office. Although I already had a deep respect for President Bush, I now have a greater respect for him and his dedication to keeping our country safe from the threat of terrorism after 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 1/17/2014

    " I did not think I was going to like this book but I did. I am not a huge George Bush fan. By the end of the book I liked the man not so much all the decisions he made as President. I respect him as a family man, and for his faith. Overall it was a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Brewer | 1/15/2014

    " I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I'm in the middle politically, I haven't loved George W and all his choices but after reading this I like him so much more. I love the way the book was laid out, it clarified many choices he made and why. I get he wrote it so it's biased, but again I really enjoyed reading it. I've recommended it to both political sides. I wish all presidents did a book this way after office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reed | 1/14/2014

    " Was worth the read. Bush and his ghost writers did a good job but did choose to leave out many facts relating to his economic policies and record. This would be a strategic decision point on his part to not focus on the many failings in his economic decisions. Overall, it is worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia N' | 1/8/2014

    " An interesting insight to all that goes into a president's decision...and to think some of these were going on at the same time--heavy stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine Achey | 12/16/2013

    " Wonderful book!! Opened my eyes to so much...I highly recommend it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan kavon | 12/13/2013

    " Started this in Dec., '10...lost interest, but want to finis sometime...just have too many other good books to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Stinchcomb | 12/6/2013

    " Highly recommend it! Excellent book with great insight to the 43rd President of the United States. Though often misunderstood, this book brings into clarity what W went through leading our country during some of the most challenging times in our country's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Truong | 12/6/2013

    " A strong presentation of his years in office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Porter | 9/30/2013

    " Very enlightening encapsulation of President Bush's eight historic years. I was kind of floored with how intensely honest it was. Will definitely change your perspective (no matter what it may be) of his terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rico | 9/4/2013

    " Insightful to the character of W. Noble in that he readily admits mistakes. I was impressed with the character of the man. In terms of great autobiographies? Not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Connatser | 7/19/2013

    " George was not and is not perfect, but I am a supporter and would vote for him again. I appreciated his book for all to see, even if it is just his side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Page Varnell | 7/4/2013

    " He explains the reasoning behind his decisions--it is very clear he did the best he could with what he had and struggled to the best--like many of us in leadership-- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adebayo Oyagbola | 6/4/2013

    " A peek into the mind of George W Bush! Yes, he has one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Myers | 3/30/2013

    " Republican or Democrat every American should read to understand how our nation has evolved to this stage. Excellent read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 4/27/2012

    " "Mixed feelings about this onejust as I have mixed feelings about his presidency. Some of it was goodsome not so much. I do like his folksy style of writingand his sense of humor is very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Mills | 12/22/2011

    " Wonderful insight into how a president thinks when facing tough decisions, as they all will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 11/3/2011

    " A must read for all who admire and respect the 43rd President of The United States of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Cole | 6/21/2011

    " This is an interesting account of the decisions that President Bush had to make about our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 6/19/2011

    " Not that ole george was my favorite president, but was nice reading what happened behind the scenes. Who in the world would want the stress of that job. Makes you wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perry | 5/24/2011

    " I don't see how you could read this book and come away hating George Bush. You can disagree with his policies, but the sincerity and true character of this man really comes out in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 5/23/2011

    " Three stars because I wanted to read it, one because of the selective recall. Dubya takes a trip down memory lane with one eye closed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/21/2011

    " This is an interesting account of the decisions that President Bush had to make about our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/20/2011

    " Whether you like this President or not, in time he will become one of our most historic American Presidents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/18/2011

    " not a great piece of literature, but highly informative, clear, honest and to the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/16/2011

    " I liked the book, more so about the processes of making those critical decisions. After reading the book, I think I know George W Bush better, understand political matters better, especially something inside White House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 5/16/2011

    " You should read this book, what ever you political philosophy is, in order to understand a very influential player in the first decade of the 21st century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodney | 5/16/2011

    " I love him even more now. He will go down in history as one of the greats.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/15/2011

    " Started this in Dec., '10...lost interest, but want to finis sometime...just have too many other good books to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aashish | 5/14/2011

    " I'm left leaning, but i always enjoy hearing other view points. Made me think a little different about the Iraq war and some religious prison programs of his. I also was surprised by how extensive his African AIDS programs was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 5/8/2011

    " Great Perspective on a history few understand from the point of how Decision are made. Well done. "

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About the Author
Author George W. Bush

George W. Bush is the forty-third president of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as governor of Texas. He and his wife Laura now live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. His previous book, Decision Points, is the bestselling presidential memoir of all time.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.