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E. P. Dowd

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David E. Sanger
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats.

    Bradford C Rowland says: "Put yourself in the shoes of the President"
    "Scary but revealing and informative"
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    This was a very engaging book. I knew many of the broad strokes of topics covered by the books just from following the news, but the in-depth examination of Obama' responses to various events was incredibly interesting. I was struck by 1) how scary many of the questions are that the president has to make essentially unanswerable answers to (what do we do if terrorists actually just got their hands on a nuclear weapon?) and 2) how, after reading this, I had much more respect for the decisions Obama had made.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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