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Final Exam: Grading the Bush Years

George W. Bush
Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Fmr. President George W. Bush's new memoir Decision Points goes on sale today. Take a listen to our award-winning documentary for a different take on his legacy.

Former President George W. Bush's presidential memoir goes on sale today. The Dallas Morning News reports that hundreds are lined up this morning at a Border's store about a mile from Bush's home in Dallas.

More than 500 people, some of whom camped out overnight, had shown up this morning at the Borders at Preston Road and Royal Lane for a chance to meet the former commander in chief and buy his new memoir, Decision Points. "I wouldn't be out here for anyone else," said Maria Belmares, who despite arriving shortly after 3 a.m. found a couple of hundred people in front of here.

As Bush launches a national media blitz in a bid to reshape his legacy, we encourage you to hear an alternative perspective of the 43rd President and his impact on domestic and foreign policy.

Final Exam: Grading the Bush Years is an award-winning radio documentary produced by KUT in 2009 and hosted by The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.

It includes commentary from Luci Baines Johnson, Matthew Dowd, Cecile Richards, James McMurtry, Margaret Spellings, Donald Evans, Daniel Bartlett and more.  The program delves into the former president’s relationships with party faithful, the press and the world at large.   

You can download an mp3 of the documentary here. Alternatively, you can stream it here. It's an hour long. Let us know what you think about Bush's legacy and his book tour by commenting below.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.