One of the revelations is that Bush gave the order to shoot down planes on Sept. 11 -- and at first thought the plane in United Airlines Flight 93 was shot down in Shankesville, Pa.
Drudge includes other tidbits, including:
- The former president begins the opening chapter with a simple question: "It was a simple question, 'Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?'"
- Bush explains how he returned to his faith, time and time again. And the faith of others.
- The president details how he bonded with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia -- and a magical bird! Arriving angry at Bush's Texas ranch over the president's position on Israel and Ramallah, Abdullah quickly decided he wanted to leave. But the prince spots a turkey on the road -- and takes it as a good omen, a sign from Allah!
- In the chapter "Stem Cells", Bush describes receiving a letter from Nancy Reagan detailing a "wrenching family journey". But ultimately, Bush writes: "I did feel a responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life."
- Bush describes an emotional July 2001 meeting with the pope at the pontiff's summer residence. Savaged by Parkinson's, the pope saw the promise of science, but implored Bush to support life in all its forms. Later, at the pope's funeral -- and after a prodding from his wife that it's a time to "pray for miracles" -- Bush found himself saying a prayer for the cancer-stricken ABCNEWS anchor Peter Jennings.
The book, scheduled for release on Nov. 9, is ranked No. 29 on AMAZON's hitlist early Thursday.