Bush Memoir Set for November Release

By Jonathan Blakely

Apr 26, 2010 8:33am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: The much-awaited memoir of former President George W. Bush is set to be published Nov. 9 — just a week after congressional elections where his party expects to make significant gains. “Decision Points” is being billed by its publisher as a “groundbreaking new brand of memoir,” with Bush exploring what he considers to be the 14 “most critical and historic decisions in the life and public service of the 43rd President of the United States.” The book, to be published by Crown Publishers, will retail for $35, with 1,000 cloth-bound signed copies to sell for $350 each. (Pre-orders at Borders.com, though, are good for 46 percent off.) More from the new release from Crown: “Since leaving the Oval Office, President Bush has given virtually no interviews or public speeches about his presidency.  Instead, he has spent almost every day writing Decision Points, a strikingly personal and candid account revealing how and why he made the defining decisions in his consequential presidency and personal life. “In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11 in the gripping hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; inside the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century. “The former President offers intimate, unprecedented details about his decision to quit drinking, his discovery of faith, and his relationships with his family.  He writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his historic achievements in reforming education, providing life-saving treatments for HIV/AIDS and malaria for millions of people in Africa, safeguarding the country from another terrorist attack, and other areas.”

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