Working behind the scenes for 18 months, Bob Woodward has written the most intimate and sweeping portrait of President Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan, and the worldwide fight against terrorism. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes, and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward offers an original, you-are-there account of Obama and his team in this time of turmoil and uncertainty.
©2010 Simon and Schuster Audio; 2010 Bob Woodward
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Not in the book so much but the President himself, the lack of command was shocking
The argument goes on and on...and it repeats itself. It should be a newpaper article not a book.
Overall boring and backbiting,
I couldn't get it to download and play so it wasn't the book it was this site
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I'm an Army Chaplain, combat veteran, and just finished this book. I feel like I've been through a fourteen hour staff meeting. I agree that there are some mistakes in the performance, though few. I agree with other reviewers that there is a redundancy, but I am grateful for this. That's how staff meetings should be. The process of forming a strategy for the war must be messy, conflicted, and emotional. The fact that Woodward reflects this in his writing only reflects the difficulties inherent in making decisions at this level. Great job, though the listener will require patience. It's not a novel. It's the messy, real, candid view of who makes decisions and the process by which those decisions are made. Thank you, Mr. Woodward. And thank you, Mr. Obama, for taking the time to listen to each side and angle before making the tough decision.
a terrific and insightful listen. although obama made a thoughtful
and narrow choice, he acted rationally based upon the information available to him. regardless of his options and his ultimate choice, the jury will be out. let's hope for the best
This book is just like a notebook of minutes from endless meetings. As another reviewer said, everything is almost a repeat and the listener can get easily lost in the details. The structure of the book is not conducive for a convenient listening. If you plan to get your facts while driving or exercising, this book won’t do it. In fact, it is also minimally useful for any kind of reading/listening. The details are just overwhelming and make the reader yawn after a while. If you are news and politics junkie, perhaps you can find some merit. A reviewer said he or she read the book three times already. I am seriously doubt about the benefits of such a waste of time. I give two-stars for the sake of the effort spent on this book.
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