In one of the most arresting memoirs of a United States president, Richard Nixon focused his story on the crises that defined his early career. George W. Bush
's new Decision Points
breaks the conventions of political autobiography in a similar way, describing his tumultuous presidency through the moments when decisiveness was most essential. Thus, the 43rd President of the United States writes candidly about the fiercely contested 2000 election
; the hours, days, and weeks after September 11th; the wars in Afghanistan
; Iran and other Middle East conflicts; the gathering financial crisis that burst into the 2007-2008 Recession; Hurricane Katrina
, and other events during his White House years.
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George W. Bush was elected president in a hotly contested election in 2000, becoming only the second son of a president to gain the office. In the election of 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote nationally and was so close in Florida that the decision was impacted by the way votring machines worked. Afghanistan was invaded in 2001 as a result of the refusal of its Taliban government to reject Osama Bin Laden. The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 with the intent of destroying Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, which turned out not to exist.