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The Price of Politics Audiobook

The Price of Politics

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Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. Drawn from memos, contemporaneous meeting notes, emails, and in-depth interviews with the central players, The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy and how and why we got there.

Providing verbatim, day-by-day, even hour-by-hour accounts, the book shows what really happened, what drove the debates, negotiations, and struggles that define, and will continue to define, the American future.

©2012 Bob Woodward (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Robert Madison, Alabama, United States 10-08-12
    Robert Madison, Alabama, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Bi-Partisan view of politics from the inside"

    I really enjoyed this book. This is written as an admitted Politics nerd. I really enjoy getting a behind the scenes look on how things actually get done in politics. I admittedly lean left in my political ideology, however, i think this book was fairly critical of the president when need be and also critical of congress and Republicans when necessary. Bob Woodward put the current political landscape of our country on full display, and did so in a way that simply stated facts and the opinions of both sides letting the reader decide how they feel.

    If you are looking at this book then it means politics is something that interest you. Therefore, this would be a very good book to pick up and listen too. The narration is good and adds as to the story allowing the reader to instantly be able to tell who is speaking even before their name is read. You almost feel as if you are in the room when these discussion are happening. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it.

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    Larry Welker Athens, AL 10-08-12
    Larry Welker Athens, AL 10-08-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "All citizens must become Informed !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Price of Politics to be better than the print version?

    No opinion, I have not reviewed the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Price of Politics?

    The 'insider' interviews of what was being said as heard by opposing participants.


    What does Boyd Gaines bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tones and inflections that add audible adjectives to the meaning of the narrative.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gridlock resulting from mutual arrogance !


    Any additional comments?

    In this election year, this is a very timely book. Everyone needs to read the story and determine for themselves the elements of fact and fiction that has tied our country into a knot.

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    A. Felson Broomfield, Colorado 11-18-15
    A. Felson Broomfield, Colorado 11-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "lifeless and tedious"

    I quit after a couple of hours as there was no drama, just tedious bickering. There was no sense of a thesis nor any conclusions.

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    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-20-13
    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Always Learn"
    If you could sum up The Price of Politics in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible inside view


    What did you like best about this story?

    The full access that Woodward was granted and his even handed reporting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Direct conversations between the President and the Speaker of the House.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    We get frustrated watching the creation of important legislation from the outside but our frustration is nothing like that of the people engaged in the dance.


    Any additional comments?

    Woodward still has his mojo.

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    colin 01-18-13
    colin 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Journalism"
    If you could sum up The Price of Politics in three words, what would they be?

    Amazingly in depth.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bob Woodward before, how does this one compare?

    Very similar in style to Obama's Wars. Both have a remarkable range of interviews with the principle actors involved in the actual decision making.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the story of Obama telling off Eric Cantor and walking out of a meeting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Truth really is stranger than fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to know the full story behind the clown show that led to the recent Fiscal Cliff and the next impending debt ceiling crisis then you should check this book out. Woodward presents a bipartisan spreading of the blame, though I believe he lets the facts speak for themselves (i.e. it's mostly the House Republicans fault). His access is so complete that you begin to wonder if he's making some of this stuff up. But then you will remember that if he did make it up, you would never believe it. Truth really is stranger than fiction.

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    J. Shea 01-04-13
    J. Shea 01-04-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Essential to understand 2008-2012+ politicians"

    If you want to understand the main actors in Washington DC, the debt ceiling negotiations, or the state of the Republican party, you should listen to this book.

    Most surprising: Who comes off best in this novel? Joe Biden - who would have ever guessed? 2nd runner up -- perhaps John Boehner?

    Obama's lack of political skill is clearly displayed. I think he is really more of an academic stumbling around in the world of politics.

    Eric Cantor and his Tea Party fellows are revealed as completely intransigent, preventing any actual progress being made. The problems inside the Republican party are shown in Speaker Boehner's inability to whip the votes of his own party. (And that happened again in late 2012 after this book was released.)

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    Richard New York, NY, United States 01-02-13
    Richard New York, NY, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Read"

    A very interesting read covering a very interesting and tough time in America's history. The book gives you an inside view of the debate.

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    Sharon STAR, ID, United States 12-20-12
    Sharon STAR, ID, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "caught my interest and kept it."

    I am by no means a political junky, I would never represent myself to be. I can hardly keep the names of the folks on TV straight. That being said I really liked this book.
    I actually downloaded this because I had a long car trip coming up with my elderly father who likes to lecture me on subjects that frankly make no sense to anyone except him and I hoped it would keep him interested.
    It worked for him for a while but I was totally fascinated, he actually wound up sleeping most of the way so I could enjoy this book in peace.
    It is really a well researched look into the White House and the people that we still see in the news today. For someone such as myself who may watch the news at night but does not follow politics as closely as I obviously should it gives a very indepth look at what was happening back in 2007 and gave me a much better understanding of all the gamesmanship. It gave me a fairly good background on the individual players involved including their strenghts and weakness's both physical and emotional. I could picture Boehner with his drink, smoking while Obama had his iced tea, likely envying that smoke.
    It pointed out that they were human and sometimes were just trying to avoid being thrown under the bus such as when the Republicans walked away from the table after being told the Democratics were planning to do this same thing only to be vilified in the press. Sometimes there is no right answer.
    It just made me question why the my way or the highway attitude seemed so prevelant, why the seemed to be able to get to say 800 billion but then tried to get to the next step they seemed to have to start all over again and everyone would walk away with their hands in the air. Maybe I did not understand all the terminology, I thought I did but it just seemed to be that these guys were incredibly stubborn and unwilling to compromise even when they know what the outcome would be if they fail to make a deal. It almost appears that they enjoy playing chicken which just left me scratching my head.

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    Neil D. Brown Texas 12-06-12
    Neil D. Brown Texas 12-06-12 Member Since 2007

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    "How does he do it?"
    Would you listen to The Price of Politics again? Why?

    I would not listen again because th subject does not need further review or explanation


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How does he do it? How does Woodward get these politicos to give him the detail and inner comments on this subjects. It really is a 'you are there' narrative.


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    June Norfolk, VA, United States 12-03-12
    June Norfolk, VA, United States 12-03-12
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    "Just Like Being IN on THE Discussions"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Listening to this book was like getting inside the meetings going on right now.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I had to try really hard not to confuse the current physical cliff drama with what is going on at present.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must have for the political junkie on your gift list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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