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Bush's 'Decision Points': Crime-section book or successful memoir?

By Katie Rogers
Will "Decision Points" color the way Americans feel about George W. Bush's presidency? (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images).

After just two days on the shelves, former President George W. Bush's "Decision Points" has attracted as many mixed opinions as it has media coverage. For a number of Americans, nostalgia plays a role in remembering the 43rd president; for others, it's anger -- the Guardian reported today that some activists are moving the memoir to bookstores' crime sections (and posting the photos of the move here).

Love it or hate it, Americans want to talk about it and Bush's reasoning behind his many decisions as commander in chief.

So far, we've learned that Bush almost dropped Dick Cheney from the 2004 ticket; he approved waterboarding CIA detainees and considered the phrase "George Bush doesn't care about black people" to be the low point of his presidency. (Its utterer, Kanye West, has since softened his stance.)

A "Fast Fix" video Wednesday focused on how presidential memoirs can sometimes literally rewrite history. Will Bush's book do the same? It's unclear. A new Gallup poll suggests it hasn't happened yet, with a 56 percent "unfavorable" rating from Americans. And even though Kanye's coming around, it's clear the change of heart won't be universal, as sites like this one indicate.

"Decision Points" is only a couple of days off the presses, so it's worth keeping this question in mind in the days and weeks to come: How will this book affect your opinion of Bush's presidency? Take the poll below or sound off on Twitter using #bushlegacy.

Also, those zany Taiwanese animators couldn't let the book pass without an adaptation:

By Katie Rogers  | November 11, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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