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I'm more left-leaning and was very much against the iraq invasion. but i like and appreciate Bush more after this. i recently listneed to chaney's autobiography but found that while he seemed honest and consistent he lacked reflectiveness and self-questioning. Bush, however, does display these qualities. Also he writes at a good pace and seems confident rather than arrogant. It's not overwhelmingly informative or deeply thought out but I did learn quite a bit more about what was going on (than what the media gave us during most of his presidency)
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I had been no fan of George Bush or his administration but this book is still compelling listening. Its not an autobiography as such, its a series of chapters that details the most important issues that arose while he was President and his thought processes as he dealt with them. He doesn't always explain his reasons clearly but crucially he does go into some depth about the war's in Iraq and Afghanistan and why he took the action he did. Whether you agree with him or not is a different matter but he clearly believes that he did the right thing and he gives his reasons - which I thought were quite compelling in fairness. There are an awful lot of thought provoking points that he makes in this book and whether you like him or loathe him I think its important to get his side of the story.
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I started this book with a definite prejudice against George Bush, and I ended up with about the same level of prejudice but a deeper understanding. I actually felt sorry for GWB on stem cells. You do have to think about votes, and your base, as a politician. It is quite spooky to have the President himself intoning his words in your earphones, but I don't think an actor could have captured the essence of this guy as he does mouthing his own words.
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