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Showdown LP: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party Paperback – Large Print, April 17, 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
In Showdown, the veteran political journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Corn goes behind the scenes at the White House to recount the dramatic tale of the pivotal period of the Obama presidency, from the game-changing 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the critical 2012 campaign season—a tumultuous time that tested the president as never before and set the stage for a titanic clash over the future of the nation.
Drawing on interviews with White House officials, Obama's inner circle, members of Congress, and others, Corn takes the reader into the Oval Office and the back rooms of Congress for a fast-paced account of the major events and captures the dilemmas faced by a president assailed by disappointed progressives and defiantly obstructionist Republicans determined to see his defeat.
The book offers revelations and an enlightening look at the turbulent American political scene during one of the most consequential moments of the nation's history; it explains the fascinating and complicated leader at the heart of this vortex, Barack Obama.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 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 11 months ago by Chris Gregory
Helped me to better understand some of the events outlined in the book.Published 15 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 19 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 19 months ago by Frank W. Jackson