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3.00013505300831 out of 53.00013505300831 out of 53.00013505300831 out of 53.00013505300831 out of 53.00013505300831 out of 5 3.00 (14,809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George W. Bush Narrator: George W. Bush, Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307748652
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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.

Since leaving office, President George W. Bush has led the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The center includes an active policy institute working to advance initiatives in the fields of education reform, global health, economic growth, and human freedom, with a special emphasis on promoting social entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for women around the world. It will also house an official government archive and a state-of-the-art museum that will open in 2013.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 2/17/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/14/2014

    " No different than usual presidential memoirs, but particularly odious when it comes to iraq and the collapse of wall street. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edy Gies | 2/14/2014

    " The amazing part of this book was seeing the back story behind why Bush made some of the decisions he made. It felt as though a veil was lifted on the presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rondi | 2/14/2014

    " candid behind the scenes info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 1/16/2014

    " Makes me think twice before criticizing our leaders - and encourages me to pray for them twice as often! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cami | 1/14/2014

    " Well, that took me way too long to read - probably because I'm not that into politics nor history(I know I should be).. But overall I think it was a good change in reading for me and I enjoyed it. I understand a lot more about his 8 years in office, of course only from his point of view, but I am still very glad to have read it. Especially liked the stories of his interactions with the military, some happy, yet some so sad it took a lot for me not to cry.. No, I don't have the knowledge nor the understanding to judge a man's political actions, but being a Godly man from West Texas, he does hold respect from me as a person. His sweet stories about being raised in a West Texas town like me sure warmed my heart.. Just a lot of things a person from anywhere else wouldn't understand! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 1/10/2014

    " Liked how the book was set up by different decision points in his life, not neccesarily in chronological order. I don't care what the media says, I will remember him as an outstanding president and I hope history books will as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shayla Melson | 1/5/2014

    " I really appreciated his integrity. It helped me especially understand the pressure of making decisions in this highest position of power and love his godly humble nature. I even like his cowboy attitude protecting America and not ignoring our enemies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 12/6/2013

    " Though many people are critical concerning GWBush's second term, I remain loyal and still say he will go down as one of our greatest presidents and did a remarkable job throughout some extremely trying times. A well-writen historical bio. Recommend.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Venture | 12/3/2013

    " Read this a while ago and found his arguments logically stated and well put. He writes like he talks which made it nice to see the viewpoint of an important man in a down-to-earth tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance Lefevre | 11/29/2013

    " I thought it gave good insight into important decisions. I think it jumped over some things that could of been discussed. Overall good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tmvolbrecht | 11/25/2013

    " Loved this book for many many reasons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/8/2013

    " Didn't expect to like this book at all since I am not a W. fan, but ended up loving it. It was surprisingly written well & gave a lot of insight to his presidency without being bogged down by insignificant details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 6/23/2013

    " A truly excellent presidential memoir that sets the record straight-if the chattering class cares to be informed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 6/18/2013

    " Our former President writes an interesting, candid and revealing account of his years in the Oval Office. I found his style of writing easy to understand and not at all boring. It was a slow read for me at times but because the events are so recent it was easy to remember as it happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 9/7/2012

    " Vindication. For all those who think they know everything about Bush's time as president, read this and rethink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Oliver | 5/21/2012

    " 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 Carolyn C | 12/26/2011

    " A most insightful, well written, honest, transparent and a very intelligent memoir. Thank you Mr. President for demonstrating the remarkable strength and unwavering courage that was needed in safeguarding America during the war on terrorism. Extraordinary men must make extraodinary decisions and your valor and bravery in making those critical decisions was without hesitation to let the world know that America will not allow terrorism to go unpunished. Keeping the United States protected while preventing the economy from falling into the great state of depression are difficult decisions made by all great Presidents of the United States. Thank you President George W Bush for serving our country during those difficult times. America owes you a debt of gratitude. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan kavon | 12/6/2011

    " 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 Derrick | 10/22/2011

    " Read about half of this book. The format was not the most enjoyable, but did highlight some of George's toughest decisions. I may have gotten more into it if it were chronological, but I don't know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niccole | 10/20/2011

    " I like George Bush! I don't think all of his decisions were the best, in hind sight, but who's are?? I believe that he is a man of great moral character who truly wanted to "do the right thing." I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Riker | 8/30/2011

    " I liked the first half of this book. I liked the parts about how George Bush grew up. I liked that he loves his mama. The 9/11 stuff is very good. The financial stuff at the end ohis presidency yaaaaaaaawn. "

  • 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. BushGeorge 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, live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU. President Bush’s previous book, Decision Points, is the bestselling Presidential memoir of the modern era.
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.