Examining the Bush Legacy: George W. Bush's "Decision Points" & Julian Zelizer's "The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment"
THE BUSH PRESIDENCY: GEORGE W. BUSH'S"DECISION POINTS":
The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment Edited by Julian E. Zelizer, Princeton University Press, 2010
President George W. Bush's awaited memoirs Decision Points will be released on this Tuesday, November 9th from Crown, an imprint of Random House. The book is being shielded from the public until its release date however; a few copies have been released to the press. The New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, and USA Today are among the media who received advanced copies, and are leaking excerpts from the memoirs.
Early reviews have ranged widely from the lukewarm reception in the Washington Post, 'Competent, readable and flat' to the Washington Times glowing comments calling it it as 'strikingly personal', while Time has ranked Decision Points as the #2 political memoir of all time. As the publishing date gets closer, more news sources are releasing reviews of Decision Point, most are positive and some rather enthusiastic; the Christian Science Monitor hails"It's a page- turner."
One of the major evaluating points has been how personal Bush gets in recounting events of his presidency; the NYT claims that Bush was not one for introspection, writing;""Decision Points" lacks the emotional precision and evocative power of his wife Laura's book,"Spoken From the Heart," published earlier this year, though it's a considerably more substantial effort than Mr. Bush's perfunctory 1999 campaign memoir,"A Charge to Keep."" While north of the border the Montreal Gazette headlines"Dubya gets personal in memoirs."
Crown is expecting a huge demand for the memoirs, and has ordered an initial first printing of 1.5 million copies. The book is being released in a plentitude of formats, including a deluxe multimedia e-book, which includes audio, video, letters and speeches. It is an unprecedented e-book publication, and will only be available in Amazon.com's Kindle format. A deluxe hardcover version will be released later on November 30th.
Decision Points is divided into 14 chapters. Each chapter examines a particular defining moment in Bush's life and presidency, including"Day of Fire" about 9/11,"Stem Cells","Katrina" and"Financial Crisis." Bush opens his memoirs with the chapter"Quitting", and the words,"It was a simple question, 'Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?'" discussing his decision to stop drinking.
Some of the previews of the memoir appearing in the media range from revelations about Bush's reaction to 9/11, consideration to drop his Vice President, Richard Cheney from the ticket in his 2004 re-election bid, regret over the release of the photo showing him flying over New Orleans in Air Force One after Hurricane Katrina to resoluteness concerning his decisions with Iraq, stem cell research, and the financial crisis. Bush has emphasized the lowest point of his presidency was when rapper Kayne West called Bush a racist, because he deemed the President was being indifferent to black New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath.
This upcoming week Bush will be taking to the road to promote Decision Points, signing books in Miami and Dallas and making high profile appearances on a special interview with Matt Lauer on NBC, Monday at 8pm, and then Oprah on Tuesday. Other stops on the publicity rounds include interviews with Jay Leno, Candy Crowley on CNN on TV and with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on the radio. Bush will also appear on Fox News. Bush is also including his family when he is interviewed; wife Laura Bush, and his parents Barbara Bush and former President George H. W. Bush, and brother former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will appear alongside him at various points this week. Early clips and excerpts show Oprah attempting to get Bush to give his opinions on President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin however, Bush wants to stay out of the political fray.
Coinciding with the publication of Decision Points, Princeton University Press released last month Princeton University Professor Julian E. Zelizer's edited book The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment. The scholarly work attempts to begin the historical examination of Bush's presidency and legacy by examining in twelve essays every facet of Bush's two terms in office, and examine the Bush presidency in relations to Obama's Presidency. It looks not to take sides about Bush, but to look at his presidency through the prism of historical perspective.
The following includes some of the articles and excerpts released from the press about President Bush's Decision Points and Julian Zelizer's The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment:
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