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Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him Hardcover – August 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250016102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Miniter has penned a very insightful look inside the leadership qualities of someone who remains somewhat of a mystery. Within these lessons about leadership, the top level investigative reporter in Miniter has found great stories and never before reported facts to animate the book's main theme. Readers will very much enjoy Miniter's latest New York Times bestseller." —Forbes.com
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About the Author

Richard Miniter is the author of two top-ten New York Times bestsellers, Losing Bin Laden and Shadow War, as well as Mastermind, the first biography of 9/11 planner Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. He writes a column for Forbes.com. A former editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels, member of the investigative team at The Sunday Times in London, and editorial-page editor of the Washington Times, Miniter has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, as well as The Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, The New Republic, and National Review. He has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He has won awards from the National Press Club and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (shared). He lives in Arlington, Virginia.


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This is a good read and will help you understand the man better.
Dan in AZ
So many questions I have had about this president were answered by this book, which, by the way, was very accurately and extensively documented.
C. Fortier
Foreign policy decisions are made with great reluctance, and only after considerable consultation with advisers.
Minnie the Moocher

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58 of 79 people found the following review helpful By andy on August 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just finished the book and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I was going to be reading another book bashing Obama without hard facts. Not only did I read all 304 pages, unlike some reviewers on amazon, I read some other books by the author before this one and found all of them were as equally a good read with great knowledge of the subject matter.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Federico German Klein on October 19, 2012
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Leading from behind is obviously a book not sympathetic to the President, but because of its interesting revelations it is worthwhile reading whatever your political inclinations.

There is an interesting description of the women who influenced the President, starting with his mother Stanley Ann Dunham, his with Michelle, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and the bete noire of the book Valerie Jarrett. Ms Jarrett is perhaps the most influential of the President's advisors and no decision is made without consulting her. Perhaps the most interesting of the chapters is the one dealing with the killing of bin Laden. It was a surprise to me that the President was at first very much opposed to that mission, because he wanted 100% certainty regarding the mission's success and the certainty that bin Laden was in the compound. He had in mind the fiasco of the Carter mission which did Carter much political damage. Ms Jarrett also strongly opposed the mission because of the uncertainty of its outcome. One has the feeling that in the end the highly successful mission was authorized by the President because of the realization that if public opinion ever found out that he had had bin Laden in his sights and never took advantage of that opportunity, there would be an outcry against him. Another revelation is that it took the Administration about a year from the time they knew bin Laden was probably in the Abbottabad compound to the time the Administration decided to authorize the mission. Within the Administration, the hero of this mission seems to be Secretary Panetta, who was willing to take responsibility if the mission failed. The ups and downs of the relation with Israel are also interesting. All in all a very critical but interesting book.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Patton on October 8, 2012
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I am only half way through, but am certainly getting the picture of what is going in this White House. It gets pretty "heavy" at times and I am saddened about the reality of DC so I switch off to another lighter book and then back to this one. Its a good history book. The author has done his research.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shoshie on January 18, 2013
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For a person who really wants to know and perceive truth from a credible and well-researched author, this is the book for you. Well pleased.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L. Cantley on August 23, 2013
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This book is very patrtisan, obviously written by a republican. Much of is new and interesting information. However it is primarily based on quotes from sources they are probably not supporters of Obama, a some of the quotes make have been taken out of context
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Schwartz on March 23, 2013
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This is a surprisingly good book, which broke the news on the bin Laden raid that at the behest of Valerie Jarrett, Obama canceled the raids at least 3 times from March 2011 on; and also that the day before the raid when it was canceled due to weather, in fact checking the weather reports indicated clear skies. He also paints Leon Panetta as the hero of that mission, as he risked his job and was prepared to go ahead even without Presidential authority.
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65 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Tell It Like It Is VINE VOICE on August 21, 2012
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Here's the deal. Despite nearly 4 years of exemplary ineptitude and persistent attempts to convert the US into a socialist state, all Obama has really succeeded in doing is polarizing our citizenry and promoting class warfare. Obama is, by far, the most left leaning President ever. His ambition is to take it even further. The problem is, throughout the course of history all attempts at creating socialistic societies have failed. Why has this always been so? Margaret Thatcher stated many years ago: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

That being said, if you are left leaning (or "liberal"), you will despise this book as it portrays Obama in the harsh light of objective reality. If you are right leaning (or "conservative") you will love this book for the same reason.

Here is the key question you must ask yourself. Why would an educated, wealthy, and successful person want to become a politician? To gain power and influence? To accumulate more wealth? To lend his/her talents to his/her electorate to better their lives? Whatever the ostensible explanation, it eventually boils down to keeping one's self in power. This is the reason some politicians become "liberals." Spare me the arguments based on ideological principles. Some electorates simply have a much greater proportion of voters who are (or wish to become) dependent on federal and state government handouts. All US voters do not aspire to become gainfully employed, tax paying citizens. Many are willing to live on whatever handouts they can score (housing vouchers, SNAP (food stamps), welfare, Medicaid) and whatever cash they can raise through legal ("under the table") or illegal means. Just look at the "blue vs. red" maps of the most recent US national election.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on June 18, 2013
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The more I read about president Obama the more I realize all the fears we(those who did not vote for him) had about him are true. It is not surprising to hear how he manipulated the press and the truth so he could get re-elected. The fact is all politicians do this to some extent but he is far and away the worst at it.
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