George W. Bush: Decision Points

The hotly contested election of 2000 between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore was the first Presidential election I was able to vote in. I was 20 and engaged to Heather, who would become my wife in 2001. The poor girl had to endure all of the televised debates, campaign rallies, and 24/7 coverage of the election recount that ensued. For these reasons, George W. Bush has captured my curiosity for 18 years now. 

Most people either love or hate George W. Bush. A supporter will love this book and an objective critic will respect it, if not have their perspective changed. The book is candid and well written. I have mentioned to several people that had Bush been able to communicate as clearly during the Presidency as he did in this book, he'd have been a much more respected communicator and President. He deals with the major decisions he had to make during his time in office.

President Bush admits mistakes (sort of), such as his handling of hurricane Katrina. "The problem was not that I made the wrong decisions. It was that I took too long to decide." There were no revelations that would surprise the average consumer of political news. I had forgotten how big of a deal the stem cell debate was, which was interesting to revisit. If you were a Bush supporter, then you would probably enjoy the insight into Bush's decision making process and pity him as he lays out the huge burden of deciding to send troops into war. I ended up feeling sorry for him by the end of the book.

I'd give this book 4 stars. I've seen other reviews that described this book as dry, but I didn't find that to be true. Bush in my opinion is honest and his humanity showed through in this book.

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