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What was George W. Bush reading?

George W. Bush's memoir "Decision Points" was published this week. Our reviewer Tim Rutten calls it "unexpectedly engrossing." As can be expected, Bush writes of waterboarding and 9/11, of partisanship and cooperation, of Saddam Hussein and Hurricane Katrina.

He also writes of the books that crossed his path during his eight years in office. There was, first and foremost, the Bible, which he says he read every morning. And there were a few others. Here are those that he mentions by name in "Decision Points":

"The Aquariums of Pyongyang" (2001) by Kang Chol-hwan, a North Korean dissident. This was "one of the most infludential books I read during my presidency," Bush wrote.

"Brave New World" (1932) by Aldous Huxley. Read aloud to Bush in the Oval Office by an aide as he was thinking about stem cell research.

"The Case for Democracy" (2004) by Natan Sharansky, a Soviet dissdent.

"Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam"(1997) by H.R. McMaster.

"Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America" (1997) by John M. Barry. Bush read this "when I was governor."

"Roots" (1976) by Alex Haley. Bush writes: "Laura and I had read the book."

"Theodore Rex" (2001), the second Theodore Roosevelt biography by Edmund Morris.

"Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope" (2008) by Jenna Bush. The former president doesn't say whether he's read the book, which is for young adults, but he does mention that his daughter wrote it.

"Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power" (2006) by Richard Carwardine. Bush writes that this was "one of 14 Licoln biographies I read during my presidency."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: George W. Bush signs "Decision Points" in Dallas on Nov. 9, 2010. Credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

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Bless his heart. I don't believe he read anything at all. :)

He read the Bible in the morning? Did he notice the part where it says

"You shall not bear false witness".

This is a deeply ignorant man who was nothing but a puppet who enjoyed wearing a president suit, while his strings were pulled by the likes of Cheney, Rumsfeld, and be-medaled Generals who were and are still out for their own advancement, and devil take the military, soldiers and officers, risking their lives for his lies.

Monkey can read?

We all know he's illiterate. The questions are: who read the books to him--and what was he watching on television while pretending to listen?

SoJo, Hypatia, Swine, Charles:

Is that the best you can do? Your marginal IQ is showing. "Be-medaled?"

That's a very thick book the former president got there. So basing upon the books that he read before my guess is he's reading something about leaders of the past, biography or his onw memoirs..

Does anyone else see what I see in George W. Bush? Can any real American actually be proud of this traitor? Seriously? What, in the Name of God, has happened to the American people, that they actually believe anything that comes out of this criminal's mouth? This man was picked by the multi-billion dollar corporations to be president,to do "THEIR
WILL", not the will of the American people. But, since corporations are now considered "people", from a partisan Supreme Court, in Bush's retarded mind, corporations ARE "people". There's a word for this, it's "FASCISM"!

Rage on at a man no longer in power. But is it he you so despise or his politics? And did his politics get us in California into this red ink mess or we oursselves? You can hurl insults at Bush, Cheney,Palin,Limbaugh,Fox News until your voice is hoarse but we are still in this mess and we have just voted to continue it. Are we so mad at these non cool people that we are blind? I believe so. Our anger has become our God, our red badge of courage.


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