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Brad

Thousand Oaks, CA, United States | 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
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    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"
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    This was an informative book that takes you behind the scenes of the presidency in its most difficult and sometimes scary role of commander in chief. This peak behind the curtain was incredible and I am greatly appreciative to the author for reporting on the leaders of our country as they took on the momentous events covered in the book.

    I felt I got to know the people behind the decisions and the differing views each of these situations involved. For example, the Bin Laden raid could have been a bomb, or could have included Pakistani buy in. Why did we choose a raid that could have ended like Black Hawk Down and to what extent did we feel confident that Bin Laden was even there? These were just a few of the issues discussed and I was absolutely enthralled with the way the story was told.

    In this book you get in-depth context and the “why” behind some of the directions we’ve gone and I can’t recommend it more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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