Nov 08, Jason rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Here goes my attempt at an objective review without political commentary. Always have been, and I supported and defended him right up through the end of presidency when even his own party was fleeing like lemmings from the man. I never let his lack of prowess with speaking the English language serve as a measuring mark of his intelligence.
Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn't getting Faulkner. Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time.
Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir.
Bush, on his book tour, makes much of the fact that he largely wrote the book himself, guffawing that critics who suspected he didn't know how to read are now getting a comeuppance.
Not only does Bush know how to read, it turns out, he knows how to Google, too. Or his assistant does. Bush notes in his acknowledgments that "[m]uch of the research for this book was conducted by the brilliant and tireless Peter Rough. Peter spent the past 18 months digging through archives, searching the internet[s], and sifting through reams of paper.
Many of Bush's literary misdemeanors exemplify pedestrian sloth, but others are higher crimes against the craft of memoir. It's the kind of scene that offers a glimpse of a hopeful future for the beleaguered nation.
Witnessing such an exchange could color a president's outlook, could explain perhaps Bush's more optimistic outlook and give insight into his future decisions. Except Bush didn't witness it. Because, as he himself writes later in the book, he wasn't at Karzai's inauguration.
His absence doesn't stop Bush from relating this anecdote: As Karzai walked across the tarmac alone, a stunned Tajik warlord asked where all his men were. Karzai, responded, 'Why, General, you are my men.
All of you who are Afghans are my men. As the two men shook hands on the tarmac, Fahim looked confused. Karzai turned to him in his disarmingly gentle manner of speaking.
In a separate case of scene fabrication, though, Bush writes of a comment made by his rival John McCain as if it was said to him directly. He had been a longtime advocate of more troops in Iraq, and he supported the new strategy wholeheartedly.
Well, not so much.
It comes straight from a Washington Post story. McCain was talking to reporters, not to Bush. In most instances of Bush's literary swiping, he was at least present for the scene.
But the point of a memoir is that it is the author's version of events.
Bush's book is a collection of other people's versions of events. But that's not what Bush promises readers. With help from researchers, I have confirmed my account with government documents, personal interviews, news reports, and other sources, some of which remain classified," he offers.
Bush, in his memoir, confesses to authorizing waterboarding, which is a war crime, so the lifting of a few passages might seem like a minor infraction. But Bush's laziness undermines the historical value of the memoir.George Bush’s book, Decision Points, is a memoir of his experiences and decisions he made throughout his presidency.
Bush chooses to highlight the most challenging and controversial issues in his presidency, and tries to shed some light on the events. summary of decision analysis applications This section summarizes the decision analysis applications articles published in major English language operations research and closely related journals for the period George W.
Bush’s Decision Points is a memoir of his eight-year presidency. It is also an autobiographical look at some aspects of his earlier life, including family, courtship, governorship, his alcohol problem, school years, and military service.
Perhaps wistfully, Bush points out that Truman left office deeply unpopular, with his ratings in the 20s, yet is today seen as one of the greats. Bush is unlikely ever to get near the Lincoln league. In the design or management of an activity, more or less decision points may be deliberately inserted or omitted.
This 'decision about decisions' can have a significant effect on the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. George Bush’s book, Decision Points, is a memoir of his experiences and decisions he made throughout his presidency. Bush chooses to highlight the most challenging and controversial issues in his presidency, and tries to shed some light on the events.