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. Lucullus

    Lie Fest 2012! I can't imagine this moron that was foisted on us by the Supreme Court will actually be honest about 9/11 or Katrina or anything for that matter. The book will just be another series of incomprehensible non-sequiturs like his press conferences.

    The sad thing is that there will be a solid 29% to 37% of the American people who are so stupid they'll believe this crap and praise it for it's honesty

    April 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I...I...I'm speechless!

    April 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Ben in Texas

    Don't buy a book from a crook.

    April 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Surely he can still have at least some positive influence on his perception by historians. Unfortunately, the destructive influence of his administration on the lives of millions of American people will take generations to overcome.

    April 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. brian in denver

    Can't wait to read the "Decider In Chief's" memoir. It should be nucular. Might even outdo Sarah's latest tome.

    April 26, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Anonymous

    The worst president in the history of the United States, so CNN
    WHO CARES ABOUT THIS IDIOT?

    April 26, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. DennisK

    I predict this will be the #1 comedy-fiction bestseller of the year!

    April 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Jay T.

    Luckily this man's name itself is a punchline to a joke. So, there is no need to think of anything clever or witty. The creative juices just aren't flowing this morning.

    April 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Stacie

    I don't know a single person who has been anticipating this memoir. I'm sure the former president is happy for the free advertising CNN, but most of us could care less when the book arrives at the stores.

    April 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Bubba

    You gotta wonder who actually wrote this dog. Rove? Gingrich? Forstchen?

    April 26, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Jason

    This is not merely an act of "breaking silence". This is more like a sad attempt to profit off a disasterous Presidency, through book sales.

    April 26, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Larry

    Highly Anticipated ?????

    By Who ?????

    Maybe his mother

    The rest of us already know the truth behind this lying corrupt politician

    The book will merely be his effort to re-write history in his own favor

    Bush, Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld should already be in jail, for crimes against humanity

    April 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Mike T

    Like him or hate him,l you have to respect his silence during the Obama administration and the fact that he is putting the book out after the midterms, as not to influence anything.

    April 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. F Williams

    Thank you Mr. President for not being a promoter of racism and sexism in our country. I am sure that your message will be received by your disciples as gospel. Your own words, from your own mouth, on video for all to see make it very clear that you don't care whether the white males of this country show up at the polls or not. Thanks for being a great example to the children of America.

    April 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Kris

    It is a ridiculous concept….George Bush having a memoir. He was such a complete and utter joke. Well, joke aside from pushing America to the brink of financial, political and global ruins. I just wish that we could erase his legacy entirely.

    April 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. another book to not read

    a part of history that will upon inspection be regarded as when the electorate got bullied and let the government trample their rights

    the rich got richer

    countries were invaded unprovoked

    outing a CIA operative became a political tool

    we found out what removing regulations does to an ecomomy

    These and other truths will not be in his book, what will be? lots of pictures and vague sentences like, I made the country better. Really? How? Not obvious that you did at all, I think the country is lucky to have survived you and the electorate should never let itself be in that position of being bullied by the government again

    April 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Alban

    In light of the horrible mess that Obama has made of America, high unemployment, Obama care, cap and trade scheme, the trashing of our rights, etc. etc, etc.
    I have to admit,
    I MISS GEORGE W. BUSH

    April 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Anonymous

    What about why he did not admit he was not up to the job and quit? I would like to hear an answer to that.

    April 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Anonymous

    If they were giving it away free I wouldn't go get it.

    April 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. TimAR

    So it's a review of the 8 years, which brought America to it's knees. I don't think anyone would want to go over that again!!!! Not in book, not in a movie, and not in this lifetime, or the next!!

    April 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, Va

    That book will remain on the shelf along with the other conservative toilet paper books.

    April 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. John

    I can't wait till I can read how these former "leaders" lied to us about going to war, took us from a surplus to a big deficit, gave big tax breaks to their rich buddies, awarded no bid contracts tot heir business partners and violated people's civil rights under the guise of "patriotism". It should be a great read. Maybe some of the Tea Party members will buy these books. John R.

    April 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. David

    Another ghost-written work of fiction.

    April 26, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. DB

    Bush should be in prison right now. Period.

    April 26, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Shucks

    Did he have to count on his toes to get to number 14? 14? In 8 years as president? 14? That really shows how little was done in 8 horrifically long years.

    April 26, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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