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George W. Bush


About the Author

George W. Bush is the forty-third President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as Governor of Texas. He and his wife, Laura, live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU. President Bush’s previous book, Decision Points, is the bestselling Presidential memoir of the modern era.


George W. Bush es el 43 presidente de Estados Unidos. Sirvió entre 2001 y 2009, y anteriormente fue Gobernador de Texas. Vive con Laura, su esposa, en Dallas, donde han establecido el Centro Presidencial George W. Bush en SMU (Universidad Southern Methodist). Su libro anterior, Decision Points, es la biografía presidencial más vendida de la era moderna.

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A Holiday Wish From Former President George W. Bush

When Laura and I left the White House in January 2009, we decided to stay out of the spotlight. We’d enjoyed many years in public office, and we looked forward to starting a new chapter of our lives at home in Texas. Plus, we both had books to write.
Laura’s memoir came out this spring, and mine – Decision Points – hit the shelves this fall. I’ve enjoyed traveling around the country for book signings and interviews. I’ve had a great time meeting book buyers, and I’ve been honored by the reception the book has received. 
As I explain in the opening pages, my goal in writing Decision Points was to give people a sense of what it was like to serve as president for eight years. I write about the challenges we faced, some of them expected and many not. I describe the information I received, the options I considered, and the decisions I made. My hope is that readers will gain a better understanding of why I made the choices I did – and decide for themselves what they would have done in my position.
I also wrote because I wanted to give future readers a perspective on this remarkable era in American history. As president, I had good days and tough days. But every day, it was an honor to represent the nation I love. I will always be inspired by the courage, resilience, and compassion of the American people. 
I’ve seen all those traits as I’ve traveled the country on my book tour. I’ve met people who serve their fellow citizens in countless ways, from volunteering in their communities, to teaching our children, to defending our nation by serving in the military. I am grateful to all those who make sacrifices to keep our nation great, and I am touched by those who were interested enough to read my story. Thank you for the support, and Laura and I wish all readers a joyful holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
George W. Bush

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