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About Decision Points

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

About 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, 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.


George W. Bush es el 43 presidente de Estados Unidos. Sirvió entre 2001 y 2009, y anteriormente fue Gobernador de Texas. Vive con Laura, su esposa, en Dallas, donde han establecido el Centro Presidencial George W. Bush en SMU (Universidad Southern Methodist). Su libro anterior, Decision Points, es la biografía presidencial más vendida de la era moderna.

Product Details

512 pages | Published by Broadway Books

On Sale Date: Oct 18, 2011

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

By Faye Bryant

Reading what George W. Bush faced while serving as president of the United States is a daunting yet rewarding task. It was eye-opening to catch a glimpse of the personalities involved as well as how Mr. Bush perceived events when they were happening. Reading about his family, his toils and troubles, his falls and victories was humbling and encouraging. He proved himself to be a man willing to humble himself in the writing of each of...

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By Miranda Collins

This book was very interesting as you travel through the presidency of George W. Bush during times of great historical happenings in America, such as September 11. You come to understand just how difficult the situations were and why he responded in the ways that he did. I definitely do not agree with everything that Bush did during his presidency, but by reading his perspective, you understand his reasoning and thought processes for each...

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By Mick McArt

I have to admit that I really got into the first quarter of this book. I learned so much about the history of G.W. Bush that I really feel for him and some of the obstacles he overcame. By the time he started to get into the political aspect of what happened during his presidency I have to admit I became less interested. I knew up front that the book was about the decisions that he made as president, I mean, that's the title of the book....

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By Rebecca Vincent

I always enjoy biographies anyways, but this was was particularly interesting to me. Showing the behind the scenes thoughts on 9/11 just held my attention. I think the Bush family is amazing - George & George W. - so to get a glimpse inside of the families was wonderful. And while I'm not a big fan of politics, I do appreciate a family that holds God in decision making & in their life. I will say, the political areas, I would get a tad...

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By Nicole Elliott

9-11 Changed My Life I suppose everyone who was alive then can say that in some way their lives have been shaped or touched by that tragic day. Some more than others. However it wasn't until I was recently reading Decision Points by George W. Bush that how much 9-11 changed how I live my day to day life today really sunk in. You see, before 9-11 the Coast Guard was part of the Department of Transportation. It was until 9-11 that a united...

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