Sunday, December 4, 2011

Book Review: Decision Points

I'm probably not the only person in this country who has looked at presidential administrations past and present and thought, "What were you thinking?"  In Decision Points, by President George W. Bush, we get an inside look at one president's administration. This memoir is not a historical account of Bush's life or a chronological retelling of his presidency. Instead, it is his attempt to give a behind the scenes look at his time of service.
President Bush shares his take on the events of 9/11 from a presidential point of view, the slow response to Hurricane Katrina, and many behind the scenes decisions about Iraq and Afghanistan. He not only talks about political decisions, but he addresses personal decisions he made in his life. He talks openly about his decision to stop drinking. He discusses his decision to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He talks about his decision to run for president and how it affected his family.
Bush is very candid and honest in his book. For example, he openly talks about world leaders-- those he trusted and those he did not.  I wonder if they knew? I wonder if they'll read his book?
I thought there were parts of this book that were very interesting. I love reading memoirs.  I have read Barbara Bush's memoir as well. I loved her book, I really did. President Bush talks often about having his mother's personality, and I saw it clearly in his book. While it was generally a fascinating read, there were times I was bogged down by the wordiness. I had to skim until I found something interesting. The nice thing about the book not being in chronological order is that you really can read the chapters that interest you in any order. The book will hold an interesting place in the memoir category. While it fits in that category, I can see it being used in the future as a historical text for understanding the political climate of the events of our era.
I liked getting to take a peek into the workings of a Presidential term of office. This book took me a long time to finish because it was a little tedious at times. I'm passing this along to my dad, who is a true Bush fan :)
Disclosure:  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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