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    >> exactly. here's matt.

    >>> we have not seen very much of president george w. bush since he left office nearly a year-and-a-half ago. partly because he's chosen to stay out of the political spotlight. and because he's been busy writing his new book. this morning we have details as to just what will be in it. nbc 's andrea mitchell has more on that. good morning.

    >> good morning, matt. the book will be called "decision points." even though it will not be out for another six months, here's a look at the cover . the publisher says it will be a strikingly candid account of george bush 's eight years in the white house . it is a new george w. bush . the former president here teaming up with bill clinton in haiti.

    >> our mission is to help fill the gaps of human needs.

    >> reporter: once political adversaries, now they are members of an exclusive club. relatively young, active former presidents of the united states . in haiti on a mission for the current president and reflecting on lessons from katrina.

    >> there's an expectation amongst people that things are going to happen quickly. and sometimes it's hard to make things happen quickly.

    >> reporter: he is making speeches around the world and closer to home.

    >> first i'm pleased to report, there is life after the white house . laura and i are happy, healthy and home, right here in the promised land .

    >> reporter: there's the new house in dallas, and the ranch, the proeposed bush library and southern methodist university and "decision points," 14 key moments like the night of the contested election in 2000 .

    >> i'm not conceding anything.

    >> reporter: 9/11, when he had to make important decisions returning to washington aboard air force one. in the situation room when he ordered the invasion of iraq . combating hiv/aids in africa. and his controversial decisions on the financial crisis , afghanistan , and katrina. all in the book, what the publisher describes as intimate, unprecedented details on the young george bush 's decision to quit drinking. his discovery of faith, and his relationship with his family. unlike dick cheney , the former president is not attacking his successor, although he has told other republicans he does not disagree with cheney's decision to speak out.

    >> the bush family has a strong sense of propriety about these kinds of things. his father was not critical of bill clinton . quite the opposite. he cooperated with him in every way that he could and of course post-presidency in many, many ways. i think that president george w. bush has the same sense that's just inappropriate for a former president to go down that path.

    >> the former president said he does not mitt the spotlight and is enjoying his requirement from politics, but there will be plenty of attention come november when he publishes his version of his life and, of course, the bush presidency . matt?

    >> andrea mitchell in washington this morning, thank you very much. i agree with andrea. because he has chosen to stay so far out of the spotlight, and not -- has not spoken out on some of the issues right now, i think a lot of people are going to be

updated 4/27/2010 9:45:13 AM ET 2010-04-27T13:45:13

The publisher of former President George W. Bush's book "Decision Points" on Sunday set a Nov. 9 release date, unveiled its cover design and announced new details about it.

Bush has said he is not writing a traditional memoir but an account of key decisions in his life.

The cover features a photo of then-President Bush alone with his thoughts, standing in the Rose Garden Colonnade, wearing a dark suit and holding a briefing book, his head turned slightly from the camera.

A candid account?
According to Crown Publishers, "Decision Points" will offer "gripping, never-before-heard detail" on such historic events as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the 2000 presidential election along with Bush's decision to quit drinking, his relationship with his family and other personal details.

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"Since leaving the Oval Office, President Bush has given virtually no interviews or public speeches about his presidency," Crown said in a statement. "Instead, he has spent almost every day writing 'Decision Points,' a strikingly personal and candid account revealing how and why he made the defining decisions in his consequential presidency and personal life."

A publishing industry source familiar with the book said that Bush had completed a first draft and was editing the manuscript on a computer at his office in Dallas. A former White House speech writer, Chris Michel, is helping with research. The source was unsure whether Bush had compared notes with his wife, Laura Bush, whose memoir comes out May 4.

The source asked not to be identified because the book had not been released.

'Writes honestly and directly'
As president, Bush was known for not acknowledging errors, but Crown said that he "writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his historic achievements in reforming education, providing life-saving treatments for HIV/AIDS and malaria for millions of people in Africa, safeguarding the country from another terrorist attack, and other areas."

The book will have a list price of $35. One thousand signed, clothbound copies will be available, priced at $350 each.

The former president will promote "Decision Points" through a national tour, although Crown, a division of Random House Inc., said no details were available.

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