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George W. Bush

Author of Decision Points

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About the Author

George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut to George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States and Barbara Pierce Bush. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University in 1968. After college, he enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard, show more attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant, and gaining certification to fly the F-102 jet fighter. He remained in the Air National Guard until 1973. In the early 70's, he worked on various United States Senate campaigns for Republican candidates in Florida and Alabama. He also worked for a firm that specialized in large scale agricultural operations and as part of a student mentor program for children in inner city Houston. He received a M. B. A. from Harvard Business School in 1975. He started an independent oil-exploration company called Arbusto Energy Incorporated, which eventually joined Spectrum 7, where Bush became Chairman. In 1986, Spectrum 7 was folded into Harken Energy Corp., and Bush served as a consultant and a member of the Board of Directors. In 1987, Bush served as the campaign advisor for his father's run at the presidency. He also held the position of liaison to the media, as well as conservative and Christian leaders. In 1989, he purchased a small interest in the Texas Rangers baseball team, eventually becoming a managing general partner and serving as the public spokesperson for the ownership group. He became the Governor of Texas in 1994. He became the 43rd President of the United States and served from 2001 to 2009. Since leaving the White House, he has written several books including Decision Points and 41: A Portrait of My Father. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by George W. Bush

Decision Points (2010) 3,086 copies
41: A Portrait of My Father (2014) 793 copies
A Charge to Keep (1999) 257 copies
Out of many, one (2021) 90 copies
Portraits of Courage (2017) 5 copies
Pordepunktid (2011) 3 copies
Okamžiky rozhodnutí (2011) 3 copies
Unohtumattomimmat (2005) 1 copy

Associated Works

Fahrenheit 9/11 [2004 film] (2004) — Actor — 273 copies
The American Spirit: Meeting the Challenge of September 11 (2002) — Introduction — 222 copies
I Am Not Your Negro [2016 film] (2016) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 71 copies
Forever Texas: Texas, The Way Those Who Lived It Wrote It (2000) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 27 copies
Control Room [2004 film] (2004) — Actor — 24 copies
Inside the White House [1995 TV movie] (1995) — Himself — 23 copies
A Season of Stories: Holidays At the White House 2003 (2003) — Introduction — 1 copy


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Informative but rather dry. The most interesting part for me, is that you know who George W. Bush likes on the world stage, and who he didn't quite like.
siok | 66 other reviews | Mar 10, 2024 |
This took me almost a week to read. Way longer than it normally takes me to read a book. I was surprised by how much I liked it. His personality really came through and it was formatted in a way that you went from one important point in his presidency to the next. Pages weren't filled with names or particulars that weren't relevant. His deep faith and his humor both came through in perfect balance. Also his mother's humor peppered the book and she cracked me up. I think Ill add her book to my tbr list as a result.… (more)
MsTera | 66 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |
Read by the Author President George W Bush
rbcarver | 66 other reviews | Aug 30, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: 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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Gmomaj | 66 other reviews | May 29, 2023 |



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