Monday, November 14, 2011

Decision Points by George W. Bush {Book Review}

I was 24 years old when one of the United States worst events happened. September 11, 2001, rocked our nation and changed our lives forever. I had just arrived at work, my three month old safely in his bed sleeping and my husband in our bed sleeping. I logged into my computer, turned my phone on and was all ready to work when one of our co-workers came running into our work space yelling the, "The Twin Towers was just hit by a plane!" Moments later she yelled, "They said we are under attack!"

Can you imagine the panic that was going on in our little work space? We had no way of knowing what was going on, other than a small radio. I remember all I wanted to do was go home and be with my family but they wouldn't let us go home.

Years have passed and I still remember seeing the news footage of the planes hitting the towers and the coverage of the towers coming down. I had the opportunity to read Decision Points by George W. Bush, our president at the time of that horrible day.

So, what's it about?
The books isn't written in any particular order. It covers the presidents bid for governor, September 11th, Katrina, Iraq and Afghanistan too! One of the things that stood out to me was how involved his father was in helping him make decisions. Another thing that stood out was how many members of his fathers camp were in George W's camp.

It was interesting to see the presidents point-of-view of these events and how he came up with the plans to help the American people. If you love history, then you are going to love Decision Points. It was almost like his father was still the president. He was slow to make some decisions that should have been made much quicker. We all saw that with Katrina.

Although, I don't fully blame him for those events anymore. After reading the book, I know put a lot of that blame on the governor of Louisiana. She wasn't exactly helpful or excepting of help when it came to the president.

My Thoughts of the Book:
History was never a strong subject of mine but it was interesting to see how a president runs a country. There are some things that I felt strongly about until I read this book. I know understand that it wasn't fully his fault for some of the events that took place while he was in office.

He was a president facing a lot of uphill battles within congress and with the American people. I think he could have done some things better. He wasn't a perfect president and he understands that and takes ownership of that in this book.

Would I recommend this book to others?
I would recommend this book to my readers who are history buffs or who are like me and was just curious to see what his thoughts were. It would be a great book to share with younger children so that can learn from it.


Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.




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