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Brent

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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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    (88)
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    (89)

    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"
    "They Would have Impeached Bush for This"
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    Sanger has his sources and does an excellent job of uncovering the motivations and personal histories that set the stage for the administration's decisions over the last few years. Much more compelling than his preceding book The Inheritance. A great first pass at the Obama administration's foreign policy.


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  • The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Sanger
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    At once a secret history of our foreign policy misadventures and a lucid explanation of the opportunities they create, The Inheritance is vital listening for anyone trying to understand the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead, unparalleled since Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the Oval Office.

    Mirek says: "Gloom and Doom or Hope ..."
    "How Much Change did we get?"
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    Sanger has some sources alright and he lays out a sound assessment of the major issues Obama was to face as he started his administration. This isn't masquerading as a dispassionate history but personally I believe David Sanger should have let the facts speak for themselves rather than take several jabs at the Bush administration throughout the book. Your a NY Times reporter we know you can't stand the Bush admin. Even though this book was aimed for consumption in the late 2008 time-frame, it is interesting to read it now and see where Obama has and hasn't diverged from the past admin. Overall a solid book that gives each issue its due voice.


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