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The Price of Politics | [Bob Woodward]

The Price of Politics

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. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.
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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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    twyla dublin, OH, United States 11-21-12
    twyla dublin, OH, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting Detail, Good Information"

    I must not be one for political books, this is about the 3rd one i've tried, and i find them very difficult to get through. I vow not to buy another one no matter how intriguing it sounds (fingers crossed). I did find the details very interesting considering i recall most of these stories as they played out in the news. But it is still just hard to be immersed in these political books, and i am very into politics, just not the books. For those who are, this will probably be a good read.

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    Jim RESTON, VA, United States 10-08-12
    Jim RESTON, VA, United States 10-08-12
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    "Woodward quality but a story lagging"
    Would you try another book from Bob Woodward and/or Boyd Gaines?

    Woodward's access to politicos still is without match. And Gaine's read is good. But story could be told as effectively in half the length.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bob Woodward again?

    Yes


    What three words best describe Boyd Gaines’s performance?

    Adequate but tiring


    Do you think The Price of Politics needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow-up. Interesting subject but entirely over cooked


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    Lowell Wilson Cincinnati, OH United States 10-04-12
    Lowell Wilson Cincinnati, OH United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fair account - painfully boring"
    What did you like best about The Price of Politics? What did you like least?

    What you will get here is a highly detailed, day by day, account of failure. As you know, none of the characters are particularly endearing, and this account of their meandering trek toward inevitable breakdown is mostly depressing. I couldn't wait for it to end, just like I can't wait for this horrible chapter in the country's history to become... well... history.

    Fair enough, and well researched, this book is good for the budding journalist or polysci-er, who are looking forward to a spot on the wheel of our massive central bureaucracy. For those of us who value leadership, accomplishment, and greatness, this is like reading about the modern day fall of Rome with our progeny as the unwitting characters in the pitiful final chapters to come. While listening, I kept asking myself "why didn't I buy gold 10, 20, 5 years ago??". Did I ever think that our representatives in Washington would protect the currency, and seek responsible governance? You can listen to this account if you need more evidence that Nero is fiddling, and Rome is burning.
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    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 09-25-12
    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011

    Instructional Designer is the area of Workforce Development.

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    "Maybe Obama shouldn't be Re-elected"

    Great insider story of Obama's White House. Seems based on Bob's reporting, most of Obama's current problems he created in some-part on his own. Not taking political sides just download book and reach your own opinion. Very written done story by author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, United States 10-19-12
    Peggy INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "i found the reader really annoying"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Boyd Gaines?

    Anyone else. He tried to play Rich Little and imitate the voices of the main players.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Waxhaw, NC, United States 09-20-12
    Alan Waxhaw, NC, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Obama, the amateur president."
    What did you love best about The Price of Politics?

    The details on the exchanges between the White House and Congress during the budget crisis.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Just how little Obama and the White House knows about how to bargain with Congress.


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

    Gaines stresses a few points that one might tend to overlook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting, but I did it in five days while on the road.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Franklin United States 12-05-12
    Franklin United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Reads too much like a transcript"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More in-depth portrayals of each of the participants interwoven with a richer contextual background of the day-to-day lives of Americans. It read too much like a court room transcript, and became monotonous after a while.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to the series "A Dance to the Music of Time" as well as a biography of Benjamin Franklin


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do not recall any scenes in the book. About halfway through, I gave up on it. It's as monotonous as that droning periodocity of news channels: "We want revenue, we want cuts, we want revenue", on and on, night after night--filling time and space with circles.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Monotonous imprisonment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elbara Washington DC 11-10-12
    Elbara Washington DC 11-10-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Painfully, Alarmingly Bor-r-ring!"

    I thought it was difficult and exasperating to live through the manufactured debt ceiling crisis on the outside, as a citizen, watching our political "leaders" give priority to playing their own ideological games over the national, and indeed international, interest. None of the players come off well, least of all the Obama White House, so I'm glad I listened to most of this after the election. Whether this coloration reflects reality or just Woodward's preferences and ease of access to sources is open to question.

    As someone with experience in both legislative and fiscal matters in Washington, I found the level of detail excruciating and am amazed that I actually plowed through it all, albeit not always with full attention. Now I realize that what can seem fascinating if you're on the inside is only tedious and frustrating to those in a more real world. The constant barrage of proposals for multi-billions and trillions of expenditure cuts, along with the [to me] incomprehensible resistance to including revenue increases and even more to allowing the debt ceiling increase, left me dazed and groping for some semblance of what all this means in the real world.

    I'll end with two observations: The first is one I have often felt, which is fury at George W. Bush and those who went along with him in Congress for throwing away in a nano-second the hard-won surplus of the Clinton years in favor of an irresponsible insistence on both guns and butter, huge tax cuts and enormous increases in military/security spending. The second is a new one. Previously I had felt some regret that many of Bob Woodward's books are available only in abridged versions from Audible. Now I realize that this is a blessing. If only this one had been abridged, it might have been bearable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Fishers, IN, United States 11-06-12
    Jeff Fishers, IN, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great story that gets lost in the detail"
    What disappointed you about The Price of Politics?

    I'm a newshound and a CNN junkie, but this book was a real snoozer. The author is preoccupied with reporting so many numbers, dollars, and Washington insider speak that you could play ten minutes from any part of the book (beginning, middle, end) and it ALL sounds the same. I've never wanted to get to the end of an Audible book so quickly.The narrator tries too hard to imitate the many people mentioned in the book. One minute he is trying an Ohio accent, next a Virginia accent, etc. He tries (very clumsily) to do the voices of every character in the book, to the point it becomes annoying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John San Clemente, CA, United States 10-08-12
    John San Clemente, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very detailed on one area only, needed a bit more."
    Where does The Price of Politics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Woodward has done better in the past, not a bad read. He plays it pretty middle of the road.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The incompetence of the Obama administration.


    If you could give The Price of Politics a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why we need to fire Obama


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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