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Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party Audible – Unabridged

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Unlike all the negative BS reviews, I actually bought the book and finished reading the whole thing.

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.
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It is not easy to discuss politics, nevermind write a book about any political figure without an immediate and often reckless onslaught of opposing views to cloud the important issues. In other words, the vitriol espoused regularly on the Internet and in other mediums has a way of drowning out the facts. Mr. Corn is a veteran journalist, tenacious reporter and best-selling author - with good reason. He has gleaned facts and information from top officials, aides and friends inside the White House which provide an understanding of the decision-making process of President Obama. It is through this insider's lens that we can see how and why the outcomes of the political battles of 2011 were as such, and leaves room for the reader to anticipate the outcomes of the current battles and 2012 election. In addition to the fascinating substance of the book, is Mr. Corn's delicious style of writing. You will be hooked from beginning to end.
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Rush Limbaugh, like every entertainer who uses their clout for political reasons, deserves these revelations. Somehow managing to excoriate from behind the shield of "news and opinion", it's only right for a book like this to draw back the curtain on the funding and philosophy behind the Limbaugh machine. A must read and a well-deserved reply to the years of Limbaugh tirades, insults, hypocrisy, and wallet-fattening.
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Limbaugh and his army spreads misinformation and falsehood, and rates this book low on purpose to attack the truth. David Corn's book is accurate and Limbaugh hates it. Read it for yourself, then listen to Limbaugh's attack. You'll catch all of Limbaugh's calculated errors. More importantly, you'll understand much more about the truth about the issues Corn raises. Buy this book!
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Quelle surprise, Rush Limbaugh's "army" of listeners is trying to kill this book with bad reviews. We all know how much Rush's Dittoheads hate hearing the truth. David Corn, who has been a stalwart for Mother Jones for a very long time now, carefully researches, fact-checks and verifies the story of how Rush and Fox News are following the Goebbel Doctrine--repeat a Big Lie often enough and loudly enough and people will take it for the truth. I'm not exactly a big Obama fan--I am livid with the continuing erosion of our civil rights, and how Obama has been worshiping at the temple of Big Energy of late--but this is a story it was vital to tell.
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Rush Limbaugh is so scared of this book that he dispatched his minions to give it low ratings and negative comments.

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.
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Following the disastrous 2010 midterm elections, Obama's choices were to capitulate, cross his arms, or hug. Somehow he found a way to maneuver and succeed within the constraints of the legislative branch and score some important victories, all the while clarifying his positions. But he didn't do it alone, he had lots of dissent and opinions from those who were around him. Corn's book makes you feel like you're in the room as it's all happening.

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.
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Let me start by saying that as an attorney who has labeled appropriate courtroom demeanor as "Obama Cool," I have a particular interest in learning as much as I can about what goes on inside the mind of President Obama (after all, he is a former law prof). Like most people, I have been and still am intrigued by Obama's power to persuade. And like most people, I have wondered how things appear to have gone so terribly wrong for Obama in his first two years. In the interest of fairness to readers who are considering buying "Showdown" - and perhaps my review may entice you to do just that - I call myself a Moderate Democrat, but have voted for Moderate Republicans. In other words, I am writing this review from as objective and bipartisan a place as I can.

"Showdown" spends most of its pages bringing you inside the still-fresh political battles of 2011, while providing a factual background of Obama's first two years in office. Mr. Corn doesn't sugarcoat it - Obama suffered many missteps and setbacks in his first two years. Corn has diligently collected facts, evidence and information from sources inside the White House that help us understand how Obama seems to have recovered his footing in the presidency in 2011. Corn has promoted this book as a discovery into "How Obama got his groove back." With stories such as the Egyptian uprising, the killings of Bin Laden and Qaddafi recounted, it seems so. I think that readers will find that they can actively form their own opinions about Obama's current level of "grooviness" and can look forward to the 2012 elections with a better understanding about how Obama ticks and how his team plans on winning re-election.
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