Bush book promo promises candid, gripping look at president’s life

July 15, 2010

Candid… Gripping… Shattering… are words being used to promote former President George W. Bush’s memoir “Decision Points.”

The book is due out on November 9, exactly a week after the midterm elections. But if past is prelude when it comes to newsmaker books, the details are likely to leak out earlier, possibly right around election day… BOOKS-GEORGEBUSH/

Bush writes about the contested 2000 election, the hours after the September 11 attacks, the moments before launching the Iraq war, his decisions on the financial crisis and more, the Crown Publishing online promotion says. He also writes about his “flaws and mistakes” and serves up new details about quitting drinking and his relationship with his family.

Bush’s spokesman David Sherzer tells me that the book is not quite finished, but close.

The former president has worked on it almost every day. “President Bush has been working on it since the day after he left office, getting up at 5:15 his first morning as a private citizen and writing more than a thousand words before 9 o’clock,” Sherzer says. 

“President Bush looks forward to readers better understanding his leadership style, his decision-making approach, and the information and advice he received while making some of the most important decisions in his life and presidency,” he said.

The 400-page hardcover sells for $35. By adding a zero to that price, readers can acquire a limited, deluxe edition for $350 which is autographed by Bush, bound in a “full cloth case,” and individually hand numbered.

(We’re thinking there is a presidential library to pay for…)

And Bush will have some competition for the best-seller list — his wife Laura’s 456-page book “Spoken From The Heart” was published in May and is in the top five for hardcover nonfiction on The New York Times best-seller list this week.

Photo credit: Reuters/handout (Cover of Bush’s book), Reuters/Yuri Gripas (Bush waves as he walks with first lady Jan. 1, 2009)

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