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The limited, deluxe edition of Decision Points is certain to be a collector’s item and a highly sought after piece of Presidential history.
 
Each copy will be hand signed by President Bush. The book itself will be printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and bound in a full cloth case with foil stamping. In addition, the book will have a ribbon marker and a special ...
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Overview

The limited, deluxe edition of Decision Points is certain to be a collector’s item and a highly sought after piece of Presidential history.
 
Each copy will be hand signed by President Bush. The book itself will be printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and bound in a full cloth case with foil stamping. In addition, the book will have a ribbon marker and a special color photo frontispiece not found in the regular hardcover edition of Decision Points. Each book is individually hand numbered, packed into slipcases, and shrinkwrapped.
 
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 readers 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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In one of the most arresting memoirs of a United States president, Richard Nixon focused his story on the crises that defined his early career. George W. Bush's new Decision Points breaks the conventions of political autobiography in a similar way, describing his tumultuous presidency through the moments when decisiveness was most essential. Thus, the 43rd President of the United States writes candidly about the fiercely contested 2000 election; the hours, days, and weeks after September 11th; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; Iran and other Middle East conflicts; the gathering financial crisis that burst into the 2007-2008 Recession; Hurricane Katrina, and other events during his White House years. A Barnes & Noble Bestseller; now in paperback and an enhanced edition NOOK Book.

Kirkus Reviews

W. has his say.

In a page-turner structured around important decisions in his life and presidency, Bush surprises with a lucid, heartfelt look back. Despite expected defenses of past decisions, Bush is candid and unafraid to say when he thinks he was wrong. Critics on both the left and right are challenged to walk in his shoes, and may come away with a new view of the former president—or at least an appreciation of the hard and often ambiguous choices he was forced to make. Aside from the opening chapter about his decision to quit drinking, the book is not chronologically ordered. Bush mixes topics as needed to tell a larger story than a simple history of his administration. Certain themes dominate the narrative: the all-encompassing importance of 9/11 to the bulk of his presidency, and how it shaped and shadowed almost everything he did; the importance of his faith, which is echoed in every chapter and which comes through in an unassuming manner; the often unseen advisor whom the president conferred with and confided in on almost every subject—his wife, Laura Bush; and the wide array of people who helped him rise to the White House and then often hindered him once he was there. The book is worthwhile for many reasons. Even if many readers may not agree with his views on the subjects, Bush's memories of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other major events are riveting and of historical value on their own. Additionally, Bush provides insight into the daily life of the president. The author accepts blame for a number of mistakes and misjudgments, while also standing up for decisions he felt were right.

Honest, of course, but also surprisingly approachable and engaging.

Michael Kinsley
There is something very modern, almost New Agey, and endearingly insecure, about the tone and posture the son adopts in Decision Points. Even as he’s bombing Baghdad back to the Stone Age, he’s very much in touch with his feelings. In college, he says, he was appalled to learn how the French Revolution betrayed its ideals.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307590619
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 497
  • Sales rank: 59,085
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States.
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Excerpted from Decision Points Copyright © 2010 by George W. Bush
 
Surge
 
Years from now, historians may look back and see the surge as a forgone conclusion, an inevitable bridge between the years of violence that followed liberation and the democracy that emerged. Nothing about the surge felt inevitable at the time. Public opinion ran strongly against it. Congress tried to block it. The enemy fought relentlessly to break our will.
Yet thanks to the skill and courage of our troops, the new counterinsurgency strategy we adopted, the superb coordination between our civilian and military efforts, and the strong support we provided for Iraq’s political leaders, a war widely written off as a failure has a chance to end in success. By the time I left office, the violence had declined dramatically. Economic and political activity had resumed. Al Qaeda had suffered a significant military and ideological defeat. In March 2010, Iraqis went to the polls again. In a headline unimaginable three years earlier, Newsweek ran a cover story titled “Victory at Last: The Emergence of a Democratic Iraq.”
Iraq still faces challenges, and no one can know with certainty what the fate of the country will be. But we do know this: Because the United States liberated Iraq and then refused to abandon it, the people of that country have a chance to be free. Having come this far, I hope America will continue to support Iraq’s young democracy. If Iraqis request a continued troop presence, we should provide it. A free and peaceful Iraq is in our vital strategic interest. It can be a valuable ally at the heart of the Middle East, a source of stability in the region, and a beacon of hope to political reformers in its neighborhood and around the world. Like the democracies we helped build in Germany, Japan, and South Korea, a free Iraq will make us safer for generations to come.
I have often reflected on whether I should have ordered the surge earlier. For three years, our premise in Iraq was that political progress was the measure of success. The Iraqis hit all their milestones on time. It looked like our strategy was working. Only after the sectarian violence erupted in 2006 did it become clear that more security was needed before political progress could continue. After that, I moved forward with the surge in a way that unified our government. If I had acted sooner it could have created a rift that would have been exploited by war critics in Congress to cut off funding and prevent the surge from succeeding.
From the beginning of the war in Iraq, my conviction was that freedom is universal—and democracy in the Middle East would make the region more peaceful. There were times when that seemed unlikely. But I never lost faith that it was true.
 
Financial Crisis
 
“Mr. President, we are witnessing a financial panic.”
Those were troubling words coming from Ben Bernanke, the mild-mannered chairman of the Federal Reserve, who was seated across from me in the Roosevelt Room. Over the previous two weeks, the government had seized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two giant housing entities. Lehman Brothers had filed the largest bankruptcy in American history. Merrill Lynch had been sold under duress. The Fed had granted an $85 billion loan to save AIG. Now Wachovia and Washington Mutual were teetering on the brink of collapse.
With so much turbulence in financial institutions, credit markets had seized up. Consumers couldn’t get loans for homes or cars. Small businesses couldn’t borrow to finance their operations. The stock market had taken its steepest plunge since the first day of trading after 9/11.
As we sat beneath the oil painting of Teddy Roosevelt charging on horseback, we all knew America was facing its most dire economic challenge in decades.
I turned to the Rough Rider of my financial team, Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, a natural leader with decades of experience in international finance.
“The situation is extraordinarily serious,” Hank said.
He and the team briefed me on three measures to stem the crisis. First, the Treasury would guarantee all $3.5 trillion in money market mutual funds, which were facing depositor runs. Second, the Fed would launch a program to unfreeze the market for commercial paper, a key source of financing for businesses across the country. Third, the Securities and Exchange Commission would issue a rule temporarily preventing the short-selling of financial stocks.
“These are dramatic steps,” Hank said, “but America’s financial system is at stake.”
He outlined an even bolder proposal. “We need broad authority to buy mortgage-backed securities,” he said. Those complex financial assets had lost value when the housing bubble burst, imperiling the balance sheets of financial firms around the world. Hank recommended that we ask Congress for hundreds of billions to buy up these toxic assets and restore confidence in the banking system.
“Is this the worst crisis since the Great Depression?” I asked.
“Yes,” Ben replied. “In terms of the financial system, we have not seen anything like this since the 1930s, and it could get worse.”
His answer clarified the decision I faced: Did I want to be the president overseeing an economic calamity that could be worse than the Great Depression?
I was furious the situation had reached this point. A relatively small group of people—many on Wall Street, some not—had gambled that the housing market would keep booming forever. It didn’t. In a normal environment, the free market would render its judgment and they could fail. I would have been happy to let them do so.
But this was not a normal environment. The market had ceased to function. And as Ben had explained, the consequences of inaction would be catastrophic. As unfair as it was to use the American people’s money to prevent a collapse for which they weren’t responsible, it would be even more unfair to do nothing and leave them to suffer the consequences.
“Get to work,” I said, approving Hank’s plan in full. “We are going to solve this.”
I adjourned the meeting and walked across the hallway to the Oval Office. Josh Bolten, Counselor Ed Gillespie, and Dana Perino, my talented and effective press secretary, followed me in. Ben’s historical comparison was still echoing in my mind.
“If we’re really looking at another Great Depression,” I said, “you can be damn sure I’m going to be Roosevelt, not Hoover.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    Wow, a game changer

    Upon leaving office I though I knew everything about Bush. I had my mind made up that he was a mediocre president that made a lot of deicsions that weren't good for America. Upon reading this book, and getting an indepth look at the man and his approach to decision making, life and defending our country, I have to say I have a whole new perspective of the man. After reading this, I fully understand that every decision he made was what he honestly felt was best for the country, even keeping Dick Cheney as Veep, and honestly knowing some inside details, I probably would have made all of these decisions just like he did. After reading this, I honestly hope history will take a kinder view of him, because I sure as heck am.

    As for mechanics, it was a smooth read. It was researched and written well. The approach was thoroughly original for a presidential account and it wasn't a book where I was left wondering if this guy was really so full of himself. Decision points was classy, he didn't Obama bash, or Clinton bash, or place blame for anyone else. It was inspirational, stimulating, and absorbing; I wanted to read the next page, then just one more page, and on until the book was done.... and then I wanted more. Most of all, it was enlightening, it was a game changer and a book that everyone could and should read, especially those like me who didn't necessarily agree with a lot of the decisions he made.

    140 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Engaging insight into the presidency

    I have almost finished Decision Points, and find it well-written and engaging. The complexity of the issues which defined this administration -- and the agonizing care with which they were approached -- make for a fascinating read and some "aha" moments. President Bush's book is detailed and candid, and provides a fascinating peek into the operation of a presidency. I highly recommend it.

    72 out of 80 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Remember When We Had a President Who Loved the Country He Governed?

    I did not agree with some of GW Bush's decisions as president, but one thing became clear as I started reading Decision Points last night. GW Bush is an honest man and one of the greatest patriots our country has ever seen since Reagan. I am thankful he was in office on 9/11. In these pages you will find an honest, Christian man, doing his best during the most trying times of our nation, and not bending to those who disapprove of him. Unlike the loosey goosey president we have in office now who flip flops and changes his mind too much on issues, this was a man who was absolutely sure of himself and the decisions he made, however unpopular they were. It's refreshing to look back on a president who stood strong against our enemies and did all he could to stand up for the American people. Unfortunately, just the opposite is happening today. This book is a must read for "W" supporters and critics alike. For all of you un-educated people who write one star reviews, pull away from your liberal views and read this book with an open mind!

    57 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    Pleasant surprise!

    I have never been a fan of President George W. Bush, however, after seeing the interviews conducted with him in regards to this book, I was interested enough to make the purchase. It has turned out to be a pleasantly surprising read and I recommend it to everyone. Regardless of your political loyalty, this book sheds a human and intelligent light on President Bush that most of us claimed to have never seen. The book does jump around a bit from topic to topic, but he warns of things not being in any real chronological order, but as he recalls it from his days leading up to, during and post-White House. Did not care for President Bush as the leader of our Country, but he has proven to be a decent, honorable and respectable man in this book that made real efforts to do the right thing even in the face of adversity. I have enjoyed reading it on my new Nook Color also, the pictures show beautifully and with great detail. May be kinda hard to get an autograph if the opportunity ever presents itself!

    51 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    Great Counter To All The Spin

    This was my first presidential autobiography to read. With all the vitriol being spewed about this man, I wanted to read for myself what our former president had to say about many of the issues and challenges that he faced, and the reasoning behind the decisions to counter those challenges. President Bush's sense of humor comes through in these pages. His leadership comes through even more so. Never before, at least in recent history, has America faced such challenges, both nationally and internationally. Without a doubt, Bush (43), made the best decisions with the information he had and stuck by his guns. He made the tough calls when they needed to be made. That's leadership. I highly recommend this book. I especially recommend this book to all you folks out there who actually believe what you're being told every night on the nightly news.

    45 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    Politics aside this is a man of character.

    This book is not about self aggrandizement. There is very little effort made to rewrite history, as one may suspect. Over the years, Pres. Bush has been accused of being obtuse. This book corrects that perception. It's interesting to see our country from his perspective. Agree or disagree I at least know why. I enjoyed this book.

    38 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2010

    Must Read!

    This book is truly a wonderful read and fully explains many of the toughest decisions that Bush had to make during his presidency. He is such a noble, good person and you can see by reading this book that every move he made, he made in the interest of the American poeple. He loves this country and this can be seen all through the book. He is an amazing person with a very interesting life. The book help me understand why he made the decisions that he did and acutally changerd my views on him 100% for the better. What a great and honorable person!

    35 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    What an upright, sincere man

    Showing much class in not Obama bashing or spilling dirt on anyone else, he really is a class act. I especially like his Christian convictions and ethical principles shown in his book and life.

    33 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Don't let your politics define you - read the book to see how leaders cope, err and correct.

    President Bush openly and honestly lays out what most would find difficult to say - our personal fallings. But without failure we don't always become better. Learning from mistakes creates character. Here in only the first few pages the President shares his character. I was taken by the last paragraph on page 6 where he writes:

    "Robins death made me sad, too, in a seven-year old way. I was sad to lose my sister and future playmate. I was sad because I saw my parents hurting so much. It would be many years before I could understand the difference between my sorrow and the wrenching pain my parents felt from losing their daughter".

    30 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    This book comes across as a very honest and candid view of himself and his presidency that some will find very different from the negative impression of President Bush that is ingrained in so many people's minds. President Bush draws you in from the very beginning and I found it very hard to put down. I purchased both the Audio, as well as the eBook so I could listen while working out, and I found that the audio book leaves much out. I don't know if that is standard practice with audio books, but it is in this case- not the big items, but just little details that fill in points.

    I don't know if this ranks up there with Reagan's pre-presidential radio addresses as far as getting a much different perspective of the man that is so different from popular opinion, but I believe that it has that potential. I recommend reading this book. His audio book would be so much richer if he had put everything into it that is in the writen text.

    25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Great book and even greater author.

    This was and is an amazing human being. His display of honor and class is unparalleled. History will truly add President Bush to a very short list of great american heros. A must read.

    22 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    See Bush in a different perspective from the media

    I felt like I was hearing the President speaking in person. You will see him as very real and transparent. How refreshing to read something like this book. What a different perspective from the media's point of view. George Bush will be considered a good president in future history books.

    Katie2

    21 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    Just Ok. Nothing clever, astounding or enlightening

    Now that its out that President Bush has been lifting quotes and situations from others I feel like I read a docu -fiction. Don't expect anything more than the intellect we have been accustomed to.
    It does confirm the notion that he is the type of guy you would have a beer with.

    18 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    George W. Bush has done a fantastic job. This is a real best seller!!!

    I was reading all kinds of remarks about what kind of book George W. Bush would have written. I have bided my time, and eventually found it to be a book that is highly readable. Almost like the Tom Clancy Novels of the 1990s and during the past decade, I was glued to this book day and night. I read it twice in 14 days. Little comments in the book brought tears to my eyes, as I remember the events as they happened, like during 9/11 and four years later during Hurrican Katrina on New Orleans. Mr. Bush has done a fantastic job!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Highly recommended, above any other presidential memoir.

    This book is authored in true W. fashion. He is self depreciating, but with a measure of the "Texas Swagger" that this President was known for. Mr. Bush shines light on many of his decisions, which the media failed to do then and certainly won't raise themselves to do now. George Bush admits to being flawed, is gracious to his political adversaries, and he clearly explains the processes by which he governed. Though many on the farther ends of the political spectrum may still despise him, I feel confident that history will see George Bush as the right leader for a time when America needed a true helmsman more than ever. Thank you, Mr. Bush, for a great book and an even better example of what a President, a leader, and a moral man should be.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Easy, Interesting

    Was not a fan of Bush but after seeing his interview on Oprah became interested in what he had to say about his life and the "why's" of some of the decisions he made during his term in office. I came away with a new respect for him. He has lived a very privileged life. I still don't think he was one of the most caring Presidents we've had but I do think he tried and wasn't as bad of a person as I thought he was. The right decisions at the right times got him where he wanted to be. He sought extensive council before he made decisions. He is an educated, intelligent man. Not ignorant or stupid as he was portrayed in the media. He appeared to be driven to follow in his father's footsteps his entire life. Little did he know he would be faced with some of the most tragic events in the modern day history of this country. I recommend reading this book because it's a biography of his life, and let's us see how and why he made some of the decisions that are still affecting us today.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    I was surprised, to say the least.

    George W. Bush reveals and probably makes up for everything that he never said or mentioned when he was in office as the President of the United States. He gives readers an inside look into what he had to experience and the environment in which he was forced to make decisions according to. Personally, i really did enjoy this book. He was honest and i could almost feel like i was talking to a good friend or someone very dear to me. He presented everything in such a manner that you closed the book with a better understanding of the reasons as to why certain actions were carried out such as the war on iraq and the katrina hurricane aftermath. Though Bush did acknowledge the fact that he was the face for criticism, he handled it all in a professional manner, always relying on God to follow through for him, as we all should. All in all, this book was a great read and did in fact inspire me to put myself in people's shoes before i open my mouth.
    very inspiring, all in all.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    Highly Recommended-Awesome! Every American should Read!

    This is by far one of the Greatest Books ever written. The Audio Book is even more amazing as it is read by President Bush. Hopefully this will let not only this Generation but Generations to come know the Real Story on 911, an inside to the amazing character, genuine Christian persona, of George & Laura Bush. Only after 1/2 the Audio, I have smiled, cried, & felt the Patriotic emotions all Americans feel. God Bless America & George W. Bush! A Must Read for all Americans. (Esp. our History Teachers.)

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    good

    good to read

    13 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2010

    disappointingly shallow

    People who love Bush will love this, people who hate him will not read it and historians will laugh. Bush says he is not worried about how history will judge him but this book makes it clear he is intensely worried. This book is a rather shallow effort to justify every important decision he made in office and is disappointing in that shallowness. On the surface, he makes a good argument but the fact remains that he left office with 2 wars unresoved, the economy cratering, Iran surging in influence and the Republican party in disarray. The book however sugar coats or ignores these obvious facts. He barely mentions Cheney, Haliburton, or Rove in an apparent attempt to show that they really were not as influential as everyone thought. It is an interesting read to see how he sees himself and it does show just how difficult being President really is but it fails badly to give real insight for history.

    12 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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