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Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election Paperback – September 18, 2012
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“Best account yet of how Obama strategizes.” (Jefferson Morley, Salon.com)
“A dramatic behind-the-scenes account of the decision making that occured within the Obama White House following the disastrous-for-Democrats 2010 midterm election... shows how Obama got his groove back in time for the 2012 campaign.” (Huffington Post)
“Through the lens of policy battles, you get a remarkably vivid pen portrait of Obama himself and how he thinks.” (Kevin Drum, Mother Jones)
“Fine book about how the Obama administration maneuvered to it’s advantage in the face of the catastrophic loses of the 2010 midterm elections.” (Charles P. Pierce, Esquire)
“Why did Obama and Democrats pivot so hard towards deficit reductions, and away from job creation after the 2010 elections? We now have a book that sheds some fresh light on what drove this pivot. ... Corn reports on a number of behind the scene discussions...illuminating.” (Greg Sargent, the Washington Post )
“ Showdown focuses on key moments of Obama’s presidency.” (Mackenzie Weinger, Politico.com)
“Insta-history of Obama... good.” (David Weigel, Slate.com)
“Showdown chronicles the administration over the past two years.” (USA Today)
“Veteran Washington journalist Corn highlights the Obama presidency’s most important and dramatic events ... the book brings a different perspective just as Obama fights for re-election.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
Heading into the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama was coming off of a period of bitter battles with an emboldened Republican opposition dedicated to impeding his presidency. These crises and fierce debates transformed Obama and profoundly shaped the terrain for what would be his last election.
Drawing on interviews with high-ranking White House officials, Obama's inner circle, members of Congress, and others, David Corn takes the reader into the Oval Office and the back rooms on Capitol Hill for a fast-paced and gripping account of the major clashes and events that defined Obama's presidency, including the controversial tax-cut deal with Congress, the repeal of Don't Ask/Don't Tell, the near shutdown of the government, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the intense, high-wire debt-ceiling face-off.
A vivid and powerful account of White House decision making, Showdown offers a unique and enlightening look at the turbulent American political scene during one of the most consequential moments of the nation's history, and explains the fascinating and complicated leader at the heart of this vortex.
Top Customer Reviews
It is an amazing piece of literature that chronicles the highs and lows of this administration during the debt ceiling debacle up to the present. It shows how the President found his voice and realized what the true nature of his opposition was becoming.
Mr. Corn is a venerable, renowned journalist who did countless interviews with top administration officials, as well as aides and close friends to those in the inner circle, to provide us with a behind-the-scenes look at how this administration does it business.
If this book is causing that much heartache from the GOP that even Rush Limbaugh took time to trash this book, and negative reviewers spending time to trash this book, then Mr. Corn is doing something right with this book.
He should be scared. As recent polling indicates, Obama's popularity is gaining, while the "tea party" is fading into irrelevance, and the "tea party" candidates voted in during the midterms have approval ratings lower than dirt.
This book was an interesting look behind the scenes at our presidents attempt to lead while faced with constant politically motivated obstruction. Fact-based and candid, it offered a view of the machinations of the presidency that was removed from the rhetoric and mudslinging currently dominating our media outlets.
As for the 1-star reviews, they seem to come from people who were not positively disposed towards Obama at the outset. Listening to them is like listening to a vegetarian review the menu at Ruth Chris's Steak House.
"Showdown" spends most of its pages bringing you inside the still-fresh political battles of 2011, while providing a factual background of Obama's first two years in office. Mr. Corn doesn't sugarcoat it - Obama suffered many missteps and setbacks in his first two years. Corn has diligently collected facts, evidence and information from sources inside the White House that help us understand how Obama seems to have recovered his footing in the presidency in 2011. Corn has promoted this book as a discovery into "How Obama got his groove back." With stories such as the Egyptian uprising, the killings of Bin Laden and Qaddafi recounted, it seems so. I think that readers will find that they can actively form their own opinions about Obama's current level of "grooviness" and can look forward to the 2012 elections with a better understanding about how Obama ticks and how his team plans on winning re-election.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written so that a "non-political" person such as myself could understand it. Learned a LOT about President Obama - he is very clever and works behind the scene much more... Read morePublished 22 days ago by R. Neal
An easy to read account that moves along at a novel's pace. Tells the story of Obsma's frustrating struggle with a divided Republican Party. Bodes ill for all of us.Published 10 months ago by Shel007
This book is tainted by the very words of its author. Corn has proven time and again that he is bias and untrustworthy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chris Gregory
Helped me to better understand some of the events outlined in the book.Published 19 months ago by James Lightfoot, Jr.
This book was well written. David corn is excellent . I've read many of his books. The worrisome thing I got from this book is how scary the GOP is. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Martina Rowan
I am reminded of the thought that cruelest cut came from Brutus. it is not enemy that I fear. It is my friend.Published 22 months ago by Frank W. Jackson