Decision Points

ISBN-10: 0307590631
ISBN-13: 9780307590633
Edition: 2011
Authors: George W. Bush
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

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 faithThe selection of the vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, Supreme Court justices, and other key officialsHis relationships with his wife, daughters, and parents, including heartfelt letters between the president and his father on the eve of the Iraq WarHis administration’s counterterrorism programs, including the CIA’s enhanced interrogations and the Terrorist Surveillance ProgramWhy 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 crisisHis deep concern that Iraq could turn into a defeat costlier than Vietnam, and how he decided to defy public opinion by ordering the troop surgeHis legislative achievements, including tax cuts and reforming education and Medicare, as well as his setbacks, including Social Security and immigration reformThe relationships he forged with other world leaders, including an honest assessment of those he did and didn’t trustWhy 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 achievementsA 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.

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. At the age of two, the Bush family moved to Odessa, Texas and then to various other places around the country before finally settling in Houston, Texas in 1959. In 1961, Bush went off to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, the same boarding school that both his father and grandfather attended. He enrolled at Yale in 1964, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor's Degree in History. After college, Bush enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard, 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, Bush 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. In 1973, after leaving the Air National Guard, Bush was admitted to Harvard Business School, earning his M. B. A. in 1975. He followed in his father's footsteps and held a job in the oil industry before announcing in 1977, that he would run for a seat in the House of Representatives. He became a Republican congressional candidate but lost the general election in 1978. Bush then started an independent oil-exploration company called Arbusto (meaning bush in spanish) 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, at Bush senior's national campaign headquarters. 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. In the 90's, Bush plotted a run for the position of Govenor of Texas, campaigning against Democrat Ann Richards in 1994. He won 53.5% of the vote. In June of 1999, Bush announced his bid for the Presidency of the United States, defeating McCain for the Republican bid itself. Prior to the Republican National Convention, Bush had named Dick Cheney as his running mate for the Vice Presidency. He campaigned against the then Vice President, Al Gore, in a hard fought election. Amid national contention of the ballot count in Florida, that reached as high as the Supreme Court and caused many to still wonder today who did indeed win the electoral vote from Florida, Bush attained the position of President and was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001

Introduction
Quitting
Running
Personnel
Stem Cells
Day of Fire
War Footing
Afghanistan
Iraq
Leading
Katrina
Lazarus Effect
Surge
Freedom Agenda
Financial Crisis
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Index

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