counter create hit A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House

Availability: Ready to download

I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation. The president of the United States is the president of every single American, every race and every background. Whether you voted for me or not, I will do my best to serve your interests, and I will work to earn your respect. I will be guided by President Jefferson's sense of purpose: to stand for principle, to b I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation. The president of the United States is the president of every single American, every race and every background. Whether you voted for me or not, I will do my best to serve your interests, and I will work to earn your respect. I will be guided by President Jefferson's sense of purpose: to stand for principle, to be reasonable in manner, and, above all, to do great good for the cause of freedom and harmony. The presidency is more than an honor, it is more than an office. It is a charge to keep, and I will give it my all. --George W. Bush, December 13, 2000, Texas House of Representatives In A Charge to Keep, George W, Bush offers readers a warm, insightful, and honest look at the personal and political experiences that have shaped his values and led to his decision to run for president. The George W. Bush who leaps off these pages has his mother's wit and down-to-earth personality, his father's energy and competitive drive, and his own unique style and philosophy. Written with his long term communications director, Karen Hughes, A Charge to Keep is a revealing look into the background, philosophy, family, and heart of our new president.


Compare

I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation. The president of the United States is the president of every single American, every race and every background. Whether you voted for me or not, I will do my best to serve your interests, and I will work to earn your respect. I will be guided by President Jefferson's sense of purpose: to stand for principle, to b I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation. The president of the United States is the president of every single American, every race and every background. Whether you voted for me or not, I will do my best to serve your interests, and I will work to earn your respect. I will be guided by President Jefferson's sense of purpose: to stand for principle, to be reasonable in manner, and, above all, to do great good for the cause of freedom and harmony. The presidency is more than an honor, it is more than an office. It is a charge to keep, and I will give it my all. --George W. Bush, December 13, 2000, Texas House of Representatives In A Charge to Keep, George W, Bush offers readers a warm, insightful, and honest look at the personal and political experiences that have shaped his values and led to his decision to run for president. The George W. Bush who leaps off these pages has his mother's wit and down-to-earth personality, his father's energy and competitive drive, and his own unique style and philosophy. Written with his long term communications director, Karen Hughes, A Charge to Keep is a revealing look into the background, philosophy, family, and heart of our new president.

30 review for A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Damon Suede

    Wow. One is left wondering if the conservative machine that cranked out this extended brochuere actually believes any of this or if they just expect the moron majority to just buy these books and display thenm, since most don't actually read. This is animatronic prediential biography at its most robotic, insipid, and self-congratulatory. About as candid and honest as a playground bully standing "innocently atop a pile of unconcious "bystanders." Never forget that Bush's arrival at the WHite HOuse Wow. One is left wondering if the conservative machine that cranked out this extended brochuere actually believes any of this or if they just expect the moron majority to just buy these books and display thenm, since most don't actually read. This is animatronic prediential biography at its most robotic, insipid, and self-congratulatory. About as candid and honest as a playground bully standing "innocently atop a pile of unconcious "bystanders." Never forget that Bush's arrival at the WHite HOuse was pelted by rocks and eggs and that they had to drive at highy speeds to outrun potestors. This book would have it otherwise. Shameful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    Typically worthless campaign biography, full of things like, "And I guess I've always loved babies, grandmas, and America. If that disqualifies me from receiving your vote, then so be it; I refuse to budge from these principles." Typically worthless campaign biography, full of things like, "And I guess I've always loved babies, grandmas, and America. If that disqualifies me from receiving your vote, then so be it; I refuse to budge from these principles."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    While a poorly written book, I can't really blame Bush for it. He didn't write it himself, one of those people he briefly put up for one of the Supreme Court seats ghost-wrote it, Karen Hughes. While a poorly written book, I can't really blame Bush for it. He didn't write it himself, one of those people he briefly put up for one of the Supreme Court seats ghost-wrote it, Karen Hughes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Politics aside, I have to say that I felt GWB had no issue with making this book understandable. And as a bonus (for my friend Nicole) there ARE actually big words in here (:P). GWB takes us through his governorship, his brief ownership of a baseball team and some of his other life. In some respects, one could deem that this is Decision Points 0.5 because he also explained some of the decisions he made as Governor of Texas (as his book 'Decision Points' does as well [as President], but I have not Politics aside, I have to say that I felt GWB had no issue with making this book understandable. And as a bonus (for my friend Nicole) there ARE actually big words in here (:P). GWB takes us through his governorship, his brief ownership of a baseball team and some of his other life. In some respects, one could deem that this is Decision Points 0.5 because he also explained some of the decisions he made as Governor of Texas (as his book 'Decision Points' does as well [as President], but I have not read it yet.). I have to commend him on his difficult decisions pertaining to the Death Penalty in Texas. I imagined myself in those situations and what my feelings on the particular situation of the inmate would be and I eventually came to the conclusion that I have absolutely no idea what I would have done pertaining to the one particular inmate, Karla Faye Tucker, who was on death row but had the world watching because she professed herself to be a born-again Christian and wanted her death sentence to be changed to life in prison. Then again, I'm not in politics nor do I have any desire to be, but at the same time, I have to commend him for how he spent so much time contemplating and seeking information about her before deciding not to give her an extra 30 days of life. At the same time, I find myself questioning if I even support the death penalty. I'm pretty neutral on it. In the end, I would say that I did enjoy this book, despite finding the long chapter on the death penalty somewhat disturbing. It was pretty interesting hearing what he did before becoming President because I did not and have never lived in Texas. I don't see me reading this book again though. Also, I don't exactly know what really to say about it because, not to be harsh, the book did kind of go all over the place. One chapter he was governor, the next he owned a baseball team; so it's not chronological. It could be said that this was a diary of reflection while he was running for President though. I will give it 3 stars. (Edit: At the time of reading this book, I did not know/realize that certain books 'by' politicians are in fact written by a ghost writer; in some cases, ghost writers. I have since learned that President GWB did not actually write this. Either way, it still gets 3 stars, but has been removed my autobiographies shelf and instead placed in the biographies shelf.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chandler

    Truthfully, I did like this book for the most part. Some parts were just boring, but I expected that a little. I did enjoy the narration by him and it was interesting to learn of the road that he took that actually led him to the White House. I have always loved the Bush family and have always thought that even though he made some mistakes as President (as they all do) that he did always love the people of this country and felt he was doing what was best for them. I feel like he is a true Americ Truthfully, I did like this book for the most part. Some parts were just boring, but I expected that a little. I did enjoy the narration by him and it was interesting to learn of the road that he took that actually led him to the White House. I have always loved the Bush family and have always thought that even though he made some mistakes as President (as they all do) that he did always love the people of this country and felt he was doing what was best for them. I feel like he is a true American and a brave man, and this book affirmed that thinking.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    worth reading, nothing if not compelling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan Alatorre

    A pretty darned good book by a man who will be regarded well by history, as opposed to his successor.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brent Samodurov

    This book by George W. Bush is characteristically honest and to the point. As we have come to expect from America’s 43rd president, Bush opens a window to his thinking and the process by which he makes decisions. I think it is notable that Bush highlights issues on which his teenage daughters disagreed with his decisions as governor of Texas, and how he encouraged them to think freely for themselves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carston Heinrich

    I thought it was a pretty good book but with good details about his life that many of us don’t know a whole lot about. Never really got me hooked completely.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ezequiel

    Hard to get into the book, too much bragging and repetition, I felt at times like I was reading the same page over and over. Too many details that were not interesting at all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    this book was SO bad, yet i couldn't stop reading it. i read it in two days. it read like a long resume. highlighting all his good qualities, everything that has gone well in his career. the only time it addressed anything possibly negative was when it was something that had been well publicized, and so he addressed it to explain it away. it was written while he was running for pres, so i guess in a sense it was like a long resume. it did cause me to see bush as more of a human, and just some regu this book was SO bad, yet i couldn't stop reading it. i read it in two days. it read like a long resume. highlighting all his good qualities, everything that has gone well in his career. the only time it addressed anything possibly negative was when it was something that had been well publicized, and so he addressed it to explain it away. it was written while he was running for pres, so i guess in a sense it was like a long resume. it did cause me to see bush as more of a human, and just some regular guy. but very much, JUST some regular guy. just some guy that one day decided to run for governor, then later decided to run for pres. just some dude.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nika

    I was not going to give this book so many stars, but then ha to admit that it was very well done. I have to say that he clearly explained where he was coming from with No Child Left Behind and Annual Yearly Progress. I get it now. I hate that it has exposed so much that was going wrong in our public schools. It makes it appear that these accountability programs themselves are failing, but I think many indivudual teachers are the ones who are failing. I appreciate Bush, as all my friends already k I was not going to give this book so many stars, but then ha to admit that it was very well done. I have to say that he clearly explained where he was coming from with No Child Left Behind and Annual Yearly Progress. I get it now. I hate that it has exposed so much that was going wrong in our public schools. It makes it appear that these accountability programs themselves are failing, but I think many indivudual teachers are the ones who are failing. I appreciate Bush, as all my friends already know. The final chapter is the finest illumination of a healthy conservative philosophy that I have ever read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I started this book with no expections--only knowing that it was written by Bush and was less than 400 pages. I can't remember a time before Bush's presidency. I do remember how eagerly I watched the election of 2004, and how sorry I was to see him leave. As such, I found it very interesting to read a [biography?] by him before he became the President of the United States. The book was easy to read and had lots of interesting information about his background and the decisions he made as the gove I started this book with no expections--only knowing that it was written by Bush and was less than 400 pages. I can't remember a time before Bush's presidency. I do remember how eagerly I watched the election of 2004, and how sorry I was to see him leave. As such, I found it very interesting to read a [biography?] by him before he became the President of the United States. The book was easy to read and had lots of interesting information about his background and the decisions he made as the governor of Texas. Interesting, insightful, and instructing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Fogerty

    A book written by a candidate about the candidate with a view only to win the candidate's next election. Not particularly insightful. Mildly interesting about growing up in 1950s Texas. Offers an overview of the President's life, even it it is written with a distinct, self serving, pollyannic bent. All national candidates are required to write one of these. A book written by a candidate about the candidate with a view only to win the candidate's next election. Not particularly insightful. Mildly interesting about growing up in 1950s Texas. Offers an overview of the President's life, even it it is written with a distinct, self serving, pollyannic bent. All national candidates are required to write one of these.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Purple Wimple

    This was generally more interesting than I expected it to be; it's a campaign tract, but (like much of Bush's writing and speaking) it comes across as more sincere than polished. It's a great fault for a politician to have! This was generally more interesting than I expected it to be; it's a campaign tract, but (like much of Bush's writing and speaking) it comes across as more sincere than polished. It's a great fault for a politician to have!

  16. 5 out of 5

    George

    Read this a long, long time ago as a new voter...seemingly preparing myself for my first responsibility. Read it, as I recall, alongside a Molly Ivins book in hopes of, maybe, having the two balance out. Ha. Neither was particularly good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I may be biased because I LOVE "W", but this book made me love him more, and understand him more. I may be biased because I LOVE "W", but this book made me love him more, and understand him more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    very very good reading

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

    I read this for work.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    Fascinating in hindsight to read the words of the man who wanted to be president. Some valuable insights but mostly just a careful piece of campaign literature.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Scary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andy Pullen

    Autobiography by George W. Bush, reveals his path to the White House and how God had prepared him to be President. Talks about his reliance on God to help him make decissions about America.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    I really do not think with hisfamily background that W. was flipping fish in Alaska or selling ping pogs at Sears.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Burris

    As a fan of W I must say I enjoyed this book. I like the way he walks you through his decisions and his reasons for what he did. GREAT BOOK

  25. 4 out of 5

    Evan B.

    wow. That's all I have to say. wow. That's all I have to say.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    Pointless.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Revert

    Just skimmed it. Realized I would prefer to read about him--if at all--by an objective outsider.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aneke Nkenna

    Its actually a rather informative read, no matter how one sided it was I got a lot out of this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I liked learning more about Bush the person, but this was written as a lead-up to his presidential campaign, and I would have liked to read about his actual presidency.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Van Biert

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.