Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Decision Points by George W. Bush - Book Review

When I had the opportunity to select Decision Points as a book to review, I jumped at the chance.  I was curious to get President Bush's thoughts on September 11 and the war in Iraq.  I wasn't disappointed.

First off, Decision Points is not an autobiographical chronology of Bush's life.  It centers around important ideas (decision points), particularly during his presidency.  There are a couple of chapters about Bush's life before becoming president, and then it jumps right in.

I liked the fact that each chapter focused on a central idea.  All of President Bush's thoughts about 9/11, for instance, were together in one chapter and not spread throughout the book.  I think this helped focus the book and make it easier to digest.  The book is very conversational in tone.  It seems like the President is sitting in the same room, telling you about his experiences.  I also found him to be very respectful of the people he talked about, Democrat or Republican, opponent or ally (for the most part).  Bush owned his mistakes, gave credit to his advisers, and explained his thought processes as he discussed the various topics.

I enjoyed this book and found it very interesting.  I reminded me a little of the tv show The West Wing with it's insider view on politics.  I recommend it to anyone interested in this time period or in President Bush.

I was given a copy of this book as part of Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.

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