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The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 13, 2009
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“The Inheritance reaffirms Thomas Jefferson's belief that for the American democracy to work there must be an informed citizenry. That means great reporting by great reporters is always required. David Sanger's book epitomizes the requirement. He goes through the world of challenges and opportunities that lie dead as well as ahead for the United States globally. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and China are on the list. So are matters nuclear and economic, among others. Sanger's telling is full of behind-the-door stories that read like Alan Furst spy novels. This is a superior work of journalism.” —Jim Lehrer
“One of the finest journalists of our time, David Sanger tells the surprising stories of crucial, heretofore-hidden events in Washington and around the globe that have culminated in the unprecedented world crisis that now faces us. For the incoming President and the rest of us, Sanger's important book provides both understanding and hope. The Inheritance should be essential reading. " —Michael Beschloss
“Somehow, David Sanger has broken through the secrecy and the government gobbledygook to tell us how we got to where we are and the choices this leaves for the next administration. He reveals inside stuff we have never heard in detail that will surprise and sometimes shock, yet he has framed it all in language the specialist will appreciate and the layman can understand. One of the most important books of the year.” —Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News
About the Author
DAVID E. SANGER is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. In twenty-six years at the Times, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for investigative, national security, and White House reporting. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons.
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A good book!
Especially loved Confront and Conceal.
He has a way of examining, understanding and presenting the material for your own way that makes critical analysis possible with complex matters, as with Stuxnet: A hugely-complex piece of malware that he explains in great detail.
David, if you're reading this. Thanks for your work!
There is extreme frustration with Bush's choice to invade Iraq, and Bush's lack of strategy - the implication being that he acceded to everything his Sec of State for Defence asked for - and his loyalty to his team even when they were visibly failing. In so far as I can see a recommendation that Sanger puts forward - and in fairness, this is a report of what happened, not a policy proposal - he seems to fault the US for choosing the wrong targets and then being insufficiently ready to pre-empt (ie. Bomb) the real proliferators - Iran, Korea, Pakistan.
I'm not sure that his blanket criticism is entirely warranted. Given that most of the worlds intelligence agencies believed that Sadam has weapons of mass destruction, its not clear that anyone advised against the Iraq invasion. It appears to me that up until the resistance to the invasion became widespread, that US military power had a cautionary effect on Iran - though not Korea- so it seems to me that the inability - perhaps unwillingness - of US commanders to pacify Iraq post-invasion was the key strategic mistake made in the war on Terror. By allowing the insurgency to destroy US morale, it emboldened Iran.
The country I knew least about before reading this book was Pakistan, its nuclear arsenal and its unstable political environment are described here. It is estimated to have 100 nuclear bombs and the state of control over these devices leaves the US with nightmares. It is truly hard to believe that the county is as unstable and uncivilised as described in the book.
There is no need to say that the service from Amazon was perfect and I have received the book in France in less time than it would have taken to have a French version available (without meaning that I wold have preferred to read the translation).
I bought one for a friend. Her reaction after the first few chapters is the same as mine was...more. Sanger provides a perspective that one simply cannot obtain by reading widely and consuming sound bites. He weaves a mosaic that allows one to see a picture beyond the one he has painted.
Great works of literature spawn even more questions and robust dialogue about the necessity to strategically appreciate the nuances of "where do we go from here" or "Now what?" Armed with relationships, experience, access and sources that only a respected veteran journalist can acquire, Sanger gracefully shares the depth and breadth of a perspective that only one equipped with these hard earned credentials can accomplish.
A precious gift that every American should read to assist in garnering an appreciation of the challenges confronting this country, as a new administration is baptized into the depths of a new world reality.
Like I said - distinct Pulitzer potential here.
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