DALLAS-Former President George W. Bush is writing a book focusing on defining decisions of his personal and political life, a publishing house announced Thursday.
The book, tentatively titled "I'M THE DECIDER!" is to be published in fall 2010, according to the Crown of Thorns Publishing Group. The former president will make 420 billion dollars from the book; however this amount factors in the expected devaluation of the US currency and in current dollars amounts to 4.2 million.
The book will focus on 12 important decisions made for the former president. Topics will include his father's decision that he would run for president; James Baker's choice of his closest advisers; the decision at the President's first Cabinet meeting to attack Iraq; the choice of September 11 for the terrorist attacks; Vice President Cheney's decision to shoot down the jet over Shanksville, Pennsylvania; Unocal's decision to begin the war in Afghanistan; his decision not to respond to Hurricane Katrina; the forming by religious groups of his stem cell research policy; his numerous resolutions to quit drinking; and how he found that faith and politics do mix.
In a news release, Bush was quoted as saying, "I just wanted to write more than anything. The writing was the one thing I was determined to hold on to, and even that left me; there was a time when I was drinking and so forth, when I was no longer writing."
"But it was the one connection that I felt if I could hold on to that, no matter how dim and guttering the candle became during the grim finale when the truth about Iraq, and torture, and war profiteering came out, I felt it would give my life some validation. It was that important to me."
"There is war in these stories, even though it is often misdirected. The people in these stories need respect; I need respect, but sometimes those who need it most are the least capable of inspiring it. Sometimes our military attacks were misdirected, but that's life-or it could be death, you know what I mean."