Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Obama's Wars Hardcover – September 1, 2010
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›