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AUDIO: Debating Pres. Bush's Memoir

Former President George W. Bush in Dallas, Nov. 9, 2010. (AP)

President George W. Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” has just come out. It marks his reemergence on the American political stage. There’s a lot of debate about it, with some saying it is a whitewash (for that view, see Stephen Walt’s review at Foreign Policy, “Delusion Points”) and others whose take is more positive (see National Review Online.) 

Random House Audio provided On Point with some excerpts of President Bush narrating the audiobook himself. Hear them below:

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  • Beverly


    Came across a great new book, 5 years in the making, which debunks almost everything that is in the Bush “autobiography”.

    500 people were interviewed for the book, where we find out how he went AWOL from the Army, how he told someone, a year or so before running for president, that he was “gonna” start a war in Iraq, & how his family bought him a ranch, cowboy boots, & did whatever was necessary for an effective makeover,so he could go into politics.

    Award-winning investigative journalist, Russ Baker, tells the complete story of the very powerful, very wealthy Bush dynasty, tracing it back to Dubya’s great-grandfather. In an interview, I heard him say that, according to Barbara Bush, the second part of the book was written by Karen Hughes, & that there’s a stark difference between the two halves.

    The name of this very enlightening book, “full of stunning major characterizations and characterized by massive rigorous documentation”, is “FAMILY OF SECRETS: THE BUSH DYNASTY, AMERICA’S INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT, AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE PAST FIFTY YEARS”.

    Dan Rather and Bill Moyers praised the book, and Gore Vidal calls it “one of the most important books of the decade”.

  • http://www.rollingstone.com:80/politics/news/17390/232611?RS_show_page=0 Allan

    I arrived in New Orleans in 1965, the day after Hurricane Betsy destroyed The City That Care Forgot. As a student at Tulane we were deployed to help those flooded in the Ninth Ward of the Crescent City.

    Working alongside Betsy’s victims, I recall being told, “Hurricanes of this magnitude come along every 40 years.” So, given his access to information on long term weather cycles I felt it was disingenuous of Bush to claim, we had no way of knowing Katrina in 2005 would wreak such havoc, it coming 40 years to the week after Betsy.

  • http://hammernews.com michael hammerschlag

    I don’t need to hear any more of Bush’s lies and justifications. Mr. Bush isn’t just the most dishonest President I’ve seen in 4 decades of watching and covering them, he’s the most consistently dishonest politician I’ve ever seen. He took the 9-11 devastating shock, used it to invade Iraq, let Bin Laden escape (and Afghanistan to metastasize), and it’s a tragedy of decency and justice that no one has gone to jail for this outrage that has killed maybe 400,000.

    This is from my piece on the eve of the Invasion (inc 11 min debate w Patrick Kennedy) http://hammernews.com/firmmind.htm

    Again and again GB2 has tried to tie Saddam with Osama: Saddam supports him, he gives Al Qaida refuge, he’s about to finish a nuclear bomb. All lies. OBL hates Saddam, he is an unbeliever who’s annihilated Moslem leaders along with any others who could lift a finger in opposition. Trumped up evidence, repackaged long past its freshness date, till it stinks with the corruption of this regime. Saddam had aluminum tubes for nuclear fabrication: not really; Iraq was buying uranium from Niger: the papers were forged. (“Fine,” said Colin); prohibited missiles: not if loaded with a warhead (they destroyed the short range missiles anyway); dangerous drones: actually ramshackle junk. The truth is- Bush planned to invade Iraq, to outdo and avenge his father, to kill a persistent irritant, to guarantee a stable source of oil, to cow the world… before he became President. All rationales, all reasons, all explanations, are window dressing on a clumsy thuggish foreign policy, one opposed by 98% of the world (not all their leaders, who can be bought and bullied). If Saddam was stripped naked and staked to the ground in the western Iraq desert, it wouldn’t be enough to stop Bush’s Wanton War.

    The result of all this untruth is that 42% of our people think Saddam was involved in planning 9-11, 55% think he’s in league with Al Qaida,(and 55% think an Iraq invasion won’t increase terrorism). They believe this because the President told them so. Of course, only 13% of 18-24 year olds could identify Iraq on a map. Of some 1000 satellite phone calls that OBL made, not one went to Iraq, but our media has let this gem sink in the sands of Mr. Bush’s propaganda.

  • Flowen

    No Thanks

  • http://NPR lou mccroskey

    Well Mr. Bush you did not get the man who inspired 9/11 but you sure did create a giant mess with your lofty ideals to stop “terrorism” and “democratize” the undemocratizable masses of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    And could it be worse that while you were distracted blowing up other people’s home and country our economy was blowing up leaving many of us homeless and jobless.

    We were like lambs to the slaughter of the professional gamblers on Wallstreet while you played war with our lives.

    You will be remember more for the losses you could have prevented than the doubtful gains you sought to achieve.

    Way to go sir.

  • http://challenginglachesis.blogspot.com Dave Eger

    Sociopath.

  • Zeno

    I will begin as I always do with GWB: George W Bush is an idiot. That being said is usually enough, but now he is peddling a book he had someone write for him.

    I guarantee that he has never read his own book, so why should we? I have always believed that he is illiterate, hence the constant vacation and index cards. If this mans IQ dropped one point he would need an iron lung to breathe.

    I think the only book he read in his life is My Pet Goat, and I don’t think he finished that. His book will help pave the way for the Palin – Beck presidency in 2012. He is proof that money can buy anything…including the presidency.

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