April 26th, 2010
09:28 AM ET
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Details of Bush memoir revealed

Former President George W. Bush’s memoir, ‘Decision Points,’ will be published on November 9.
Former President George W. Bush’s memoir, ‘Decision Points,’ will be published on November 9.

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush's highly anticipated memoir will hit bookshelves exactly one week after November's midterm elections, Crown Publishers announced Monday.

The book, titled "Decision Points," will focus on 14 "critical and historic" decisions the former president has made throughout his life and in the White House, said Tina Constable, the Vice President of Crown Publishers – a division of Random House.

Bush has made few public appearances since leaving office more than 15 months ago and has yet to sit for a formal media interview. Instead, Crown says, he has spent "almost every day" reflecting on his presidency and writing the upcoming memoir.

The statement also says the memoir will "bring 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."

Bush will also detail his past problems with alcohol abuse and his 1986 decision to give up drinking completely. Bush has previously said that decision resulted from a reassessment of his life shortly after turning 40 years old.

The book will carry a suggested retail price of $35, but 1,000 cloth-bound and signed editions will be available for $350.

The former president is expected to engage in a promotion tour shortly after the book hits stores, though details have yet to be announced.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is also working on a book of his own, signing a multimillion deal with publishing house Simon & Schuster last year to write his memoirs covering his more than 40-year career in government - stretching all the way back to his roles in the Nixon and Ford administrations. That book is expected to hit stores in the spring of 2011.

Meanwhile, former top Bush-aide Karl Rove's memoir, "Courage and Consequences, hit book stores last month.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ian

    And so begins the WAR ON LITERACY!

    April 26, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. If it walks like a duck.........

    Highly anticipated??? BY WHOM????

    Why all these politicians feel they need to write a memoir is beyond me. It's like they are still trying to make a name for themselves or desperately to clear the ones they've got. Save it. Not interested.

    I'm sure it's just as laughable as Sour Palin's book.

    April 26, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. jim hall

    I have got only one comment about the entire bush adminstrtaions presidency an that one comment is this ( you cant fix stupid) especeially with the publishing of a memoir. he need to come clean in an aired interview thank you

    April 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Jon

    I have no interest in reading hindsight excuses for one of the worst administrations in this country's history. I hope no one buys this book.

    April 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. TM

    We suffered through eight years of this intellectual lightweight. What could he have possibly said to Palin's ghostwriter that would be of interest now?

    April 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Seattle Sue

    But, has he stopped lying?

    April 26, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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