Woodward’s seventeenth book takes interested readers—and they will need to be very interested—behind closed doors to observe how the nation’s debt crisis developed over the past three-and-a-half years. Copious interviews with major players in this stand-off between the president and congressional Republicans (more than 100 individuals, so the author states) led the author to prepare a you-are-there, fly-on-wall approach to detailing the “struggle...to manage federal spending and tax policy.” The specific focus, and subsequently a big chunk of the book,centers on the 44-day high-stakes negotiations between the two sides in June and July, 2011, a brutal haggling over raising the debt ceiling. The cast in this drama is huge, but of course President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner loom largest upon the stage. These two key players attempted to reach a “grand bargain” that would ease the crisis for some time to come. Woodward’s purpose is to reveal how close they came and why an agreement failed. If readers are looking for an unbiased chronicle of these events, they better look elsewhere. Woodward appears to have walked into the writing of this book ready to lay most of the blame on the president. Some journalists in the know have reported that there is really nothing new here, but political junkies surely will read to the last page. For most readers, though, much of this will be TMI. --Brad Hooper
"A highly detailed dissection of the debt-limit negotiations. ... A remarkable achievement. ...Woodward, being Woodward, digs deeper and draws more out of the protagonists than anyone else has." --Jeff Shesol, "The Washington Post"
"Groundbreaking" --David Gregory, NBC's Meet the Press
"Takes us inside the room once again." --Charlie Rose
"Fabulous book and great reporting." --Norah O'Donnell, CBS This Morning
"Bob Woodward, in characteristic fashion, does his competitors one better by filling in blanks and providing even finer detail." --Miranda Green, "The Daily Beast"
"A book everyone is talking about." --Diane Sawyer, ABC
"A very revealing, insightful book." --Sean Hannity, Fox News, "Hannity"
"Required Reading" --Elizabeth Titus, Politico
"Almost every bookshelf in the U.S. capital holds a thin volume called "13 Days", Robert F. Kennedy's account of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Memo to Washington: Make room on those shelves for Bob Woodward's latest behind-the-scenes book, "The Price of Politics", which might as well have been called "44 Days". The centerpiece is a riveting account of the tedious negotiations to reach a 'grand bargain' on the federal budget." --David M. Shirbman, Bloomberg Businessweek""