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Obama's Wars Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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Bob Woodward is Assistant Managing Editor at THE WASHINGTON POST. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporting is said to have set the standard for modern investigative reporting. Over the last 22 years he has authored or co-authored seven #1 internationally bestselling books.
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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857200445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857200440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woodward's written a fascinating book that highlights the perennial tug-of-war between generals and their civilian superiors, our Presidents. A book still current enough to be topical in light of recent disclosures about General Petraeus as well as our continuing struggle to hand Afghanistan off to the Afghanis, and therefore well worth reading.

The active-duty and retired generals who are key players in this behind-the-scenes drama don't come off looking particularly good. When President Obama demands options, they repeatedly try to foist off a "Kissinger po'boy" -- two clearly unworkable, untenable choices with their own sweetheart preference sandwiched between them like liverwurst on rye. Woodward shows them playing slyly with language, trying to season the same unpalatable option slightly differently in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to persuade the President to order a much bigger surge for a much longer duration. And even when turned down, they come back to the table again and again trying to reopen already-settled issues.

Obama comes out the clear winner in these Oval Office psy-wars. Woodward portrays him as hands-on and decisive in upholding the President's crucial role as CinC. And the reader is able to understand precisely what brought him to the point of announcing the short-term surge, when his initial instinct was to cut our losses of blood and treasure -- as many of his supporters and advisors were urging him to do.

And Woodward's 2010 portrayal of Petraeus is strangely prescient considering 2012's headlines. Woodward puts him squarely in the spotlight, standing outside the Oval Office on the eve of a crucial policy debate session, orating to the press despite an express embargo on Pentagon grandstanding.
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Format: Hardcover
Wow! No reviews on this book? I'm shocked.

In the past year, I have read over 100 books regarding the Obama phenomenon, including those from all of the 2008 Presidential Candidates and everything I can that is current to the November Presidential contest. I had planned to add only a comment to the other reviews, but since there aren't any, I'll just make a comment and then come back with a full review (I'm on my second reading.).

Bob Woodward's credentials as a liberal reporter are relatively unmatched. He leans left, leaves no doubt about it, but he does not "spike" or ignore inconvenient truths. He likely has better access to the White House of Democratic presidents than any other reporter. Certainly, he is invited to more "off the record" meetings with key staffers, including the entire Presidential Advisory Group, than any reporter I know. For that reason, this book is a "must read" for voters prior to November. Woodward depicts a White House in total disarray with the professionals in Washington and the Military constantly at odds with the "amateurs and thugs" from Chicago.

Still, Woodward is sympathetic to the President and takes pains to try to convey what the President is feeling, though he admits that Obama is an enigma. Introverted and thin-skinned, he does not enjoy the office of the Presidency -- and says so. There are treasures in here about the influence of Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama that didn't come as a surprise, but were alarming in terms of the President's acceptance of their advice over ANYONE else.

Here is the point I intended to make as a "drive-by" comment.
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I was quite impressed with this book. Not a mudslinging book at all, but in depth. Mr. Woodward interviewed countless leaders, including President Obama. The President is not the main focus here, but the inner workings of the NSC, the White House, DOD and theleaders within as the Obama Administration went thru the transition from the Bush Administration to the first 2 years. Not all the leadership came out clean. Many were shown to be petty, weak, paranoid or just incompetent. Executive leadership lessons are plenty in this book.
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Many years from now, there will be an Obama Presidential Library overlooking Waimea Bay, with audiovisual rooms, souvenirs, a little special display of Obama's Nobel Prize Medal, pictures of the kids and dogs growing up in the White House, and it will all be very tasteful. I would hope that a bit of actual historical material from sources such as this book makes the cut, perhaps only as a minority viewpoint. Bob Woodward has drawn on his contacts and used his skills to paint an uncompromising real life portrait of what we will see in the future as America's weakest president, tasked far above his abilities, and saddled with a further handicap of the world's most incompetent staff available at the time. Read this in small bites after lunch. Don't go swimming for one half hour. Since publication, the price has now dropped to $0.83, and you might not have to pay tax. It's worth every penny.
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