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Obama's Wars By Bob Woodward Obama s Wars In Obama s Wars Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief Drawing on internal memos classified documents meeting notes and hundr
  • Title: Obama's Wars
  • Author: Bob Woodward
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  • Obama's Wars By Bob Woodward In Obama s Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan WaIn Obama s Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.At the core of Obama s Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War So what s my option the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander s request for 40,000 troops in late 2009 You have essentially given me one option It s unacceptable Well, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates finally said, Mr President, I think we owe you that option It never came An untamed Vice President Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to limit the military mission and avoid another Vietnam The vice president frantically sent half a dozen handwritten memos by secure fax to Obama on the eve of the final troop decision.President Obama s ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to start withdrawing U.S forces by July 2011 did not end the skirmishing.General David Petraeus, the new Afghanistan commander, thinks time can be added to the clock if he shows progress I don t think you win this war, Petraeus said privately This is the kind of fight we re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids lives Hovering over this debate is the possibility of another terrorist attack in the United States The White House led a secret exercise showing how unprepared the government is if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in an American city which Obama told Woodward is at the top of the list of what he worries about all the time.Verbatim quotes from secret debates and White House strategy sessions and firsthand accounts of the thoughts and concerns of the president, his war council and his generals reveal a government in conflict, often consumed with nasty infighting and fundamental disputes.Woodward has discovered how the Obama White House really works, showing that even tough decisions lie ahead for the cerebral and engaged president.Obama s Wars offers the reader a stunning, you are there account of the president, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in this time of turmoil and danger.
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    1. Bob Woodward

      Robert Bob Upshur Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post While an investigative reporter for that newspaper, Woodward, working with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein, helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to U.S President Richard Nixon s resignation Woodward has written 12 best selling non fiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collectively earned the Post and its National Reporting staff a Pulitzer Prize.

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    1. Welcome to the sausage factory When Otto Von Bismarck made his comment about the undesirability of witnessing the making of legislation, he could easily have included the making of foreign, particularly military policy When President Obama took office, he was faced not only with having to clean out the economic monkey cage the prior administration had left covered with feces, he also had to cope with two inherited wars He had some very definite ideas on an approach to the Afghanistan War in part [...]


    2. Fascinating account of decision making in the White House Reads like a thriller Obama relies too much on his Chicago Mafia but is firmly in charge Rahm was a mistake He wouldn t even show Jones, the NSA, drafts of speeches The NSA had to listen to them like the rest of the nation and Obama let this happen General Jones, a class guy, was not respected I almost wanted to laugh and cry hearing the account of the war planning I could have gotten precise and sound advice from a bunch of West Point l [...]


    3. We may not always say so, at least by using the same term, but what we look for in a President is, above all, leadership Obama s Wars Bob Woodward s most recent behind the scenes report, a sort of current history provides a front row seat on the leadership style of Barack Obama As I view the scene Woodward portrays, President Obama comes off looking really good as a leader.Obama s Wars is, essentially, an account of the months long period in 2009 when President Obama, the members of National Sec [...]


    4. The title of this book is perfect Obama s Wars Bob Woodward gives us a detailed account of President Obama taking ownership of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Obama also takes charge of internal strife between bickering branches and rival departments of our government and military.Obama s Wars is not a fun or exciting book, even during its most engrossing passages But I can see it being a worthwhile read even for a person who skims a few chapters, becomes overwhelmed by the political complexity [...]


    5. While the boyfriend and I both enjoy reading, we have completely different tastes I am history and science he is politics and law However, on our trip to Ecuador I was afraid of running out of book 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, the perfect companion for a trip to South America and so I borrowed the copy of Obama s Wars he d brought with him.I was fascinated I d always suspected Bob Woodward of resting on his Watergate laurels for the past 37 years I know exactly how long [...]


    6. It never ceases to amaze me how Woodward can get his sources to talk so openly This book is no exception, and it reads like a political thriller.Woodward takes us through the quagmire of Afghanistan that the Bush Presidency has left for Obama, and how the president has to take in and appreciate what the military brass is advising while maintaining his duty as civilian commander in chief The military wants to have a 15 year timeline and that is on top of the 9 years we ve already been there Obama [...]


    7. First The title has a typo It should be titled Obama s war as there is no reporting on decisions related to Iraq The Good Woodward has remarkable access He paints a picture that makes sense, and has anecdotes about the top levels of government than anyone Woodward shows how decision making happens, and that White House politics is really a permutation of regular office politics both in Republican and Democrat administrations He keeps good track of all the actors rather than relying too extensiv [...]


    8. So finally sitting down to watch the world news tonight after not watching any for the last few weeks managed to hear about three interesting authors Bob Woodward being one of them Bob and Lee Woodruffand Nancy Sherman being the other two, all writing on current war topics.I think this book is a must read to understand the situation from both sides Not knowing anything about Woodward I checked wikid he is regarded as one of America s preeminent investigative reporters and non fiction authors Any [...]


    9. As expected, Woodward offers a masterful minute by minute account of the Obama administration s execution of drawdowns in Iraq and mostly Afghanistan It s a portrait of an engaged, pragmatic young President whose focus on results often comes off as cerebral and bloodless that is to say, there s little new herea about Obama we don t already know.It s the details that make the book fascinating and if you ever wanted to know how foreign policy is made, here s your cook book Unsurprisingly, consider [...]


    10. Super nerdy, detailed, and hard to keep track of who is who, but worthwhile and fascinating in parts Some cool insight into how presidents and those they work with are constantly weighing so many different considerations, all of which are often equally essential.




    11. BOOK REVIEWObama s Wars by Bob WoodwardReviewed by Bill Breakstone, November 28, 2010When Bob Woodward s latest book, Obama s Wars, was released for publication some six weeks ago, it was lavishly promoted with personal appearances by the author on just about every single talk show, and also accorded notoriety by some striking revelations of a personal nature of aides within both White House and Pentagon circles I put off reading the volume as it seemed the critics and talking heads had than am [...]


    12. I just finished Obama s Wars by Bob Woodward I don t know that I feel ready to review a book by Woodward, but I do have some thoughts after reading it.First of all, the book seems about the bureaucratic push and shove between the White House, the State Department, the CIA and the Department of Defense about how to deal with Afghanistan The Obama Administration had come into office with promises to draw down in Iraq and focus on Afghanistan The question was to what degree how many troops How lon [...]


    13. I don t know if I want these wars to end to see Woodward write about something else or continue, since I clearly am eating this stuff up.This is the first Kindle book I ve read, which I read on Donna II and Harley Samsung Galaxy S and 13 MacBook Pro, for those of you that don t know the names of my computersut up I feel like this is the ideal kind of book for this format, versus a novel or a think piece It s like an extended newspaper article or blog and I m thinking of reading Game Changer in t [...]


    14. I love Bob Woodward s books He gets amazing access and can usually draw me right into whatever his subject matter is His Price of Politics about the debt ceiling budget negotiation around the fiscal cliff is one of my favorite books of the last few years This one wasn t the greatest for me Maybe because it was such a narrow slice of the story Obama s first two years of his presidency Woodward does a good job showing how Obama s lack of experience was a debacle in those first years in the wars He [...]


    15. To be expected from Bob Woodward excellent writing, clear exposition of the facts as he sees them.The main players come off as complex beings The President as a very thoughtful and wise policy wonk I m amazed by his restraint The Vice President as emotional, of a hip shooter, but in the end a strong presence and a positive addition to the team The various military figures as a combination of excellence in their main work, and totally insensitive to the politics of the matter and willing to man [...]


    16. Bob Woodward has literally formed a cottage industry of in depth, exhaustively researched books on the presidency We read his three volume set on the Bush White House, the Clinton White House and a host of other books on Washington, power, intrigue and crisis All ranged from good to excellent in what they offer in terms of insight This books falls close to the excellent category.Woodward s first book on the Obama Administration takes the reader through the transfer of power and leadership of the [...]


    17. Terrific reporting Typical Woodward, long rambling insider gossip, incredible access to personal meetings, memos, and reports, along with a lack of editorializing which plagues modern journalism Obama s Wars is one of his best books in years It concentrates on the decision and pressures leading to the military surge in Afghanistan, from the generals pushing for troops on one end, to Biden snipping in the other As usual, Woodward provides a fly on the wall insight that can somehow appear mundane [...]


    18. Every time I read one of Bob Woodward s books, I wonder why people are so open to speaking with him They must know that their words and ideas will appear in print And not always in a flattering manner This work focuses on Obama s work with his often fractious foreign policy national defense intelligence team We read of the actors views of the process of whither to go in Afghanistan The focus is the run up to President Obama s decision on a surge in Afghanistan.We see many facets of this choice T [...]


    19. As usual, Woodward produces a hastily written book which is a collage of interviews than anything else Then again, Woodward has access and one can learn a lot about the process by which Obama decided on his surge Two facts emerge in sharp relief First, the military didn t give Obama any serious options alternatives besides what they wanted They rolled him, as numerous players claim, giving him two impossible options and one option they preferred Second, no one in the military could give a good [...]


    20. This is the first Bob Woodward book that I have read immediately upon release It was very informative about the Afghan strategy review in late 2009, in fact sometimes including so much detail as to seem excessive and getting bogged down Nonetheless, Woodward s work here is something of a public service, revealing how President Obama and his national security team made the sausage that was the 30,000 troop increase for the Afghan War It was also interesting and disappointing to see all the infigh [...]


    21. Informative book, interesting subject which I knew nothing about before reading Perhaps because of my lack of knowledge, I got confused at times, particularly with the military dynamics, but the author includes a helpful list of characters in the beginning so that you can remember who is who There s also a glossary at the end, which is helpful for deciphering the military acronyms Overall, it s written pretty objectively the author offers the opinions of several people on a given subject without [...]


    22. This book wasn t as broad in Presidential coverage than some of Woodward s other books, but being written in Obama s first year, I guess there wasn t much to cover on the International front other than the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq Reading it in 2010 makes it seem like you re being given live insights into White House and Pentagon meetings To hear what the military leaders are thinking and planning, and then seeing the results of their plans covered subsequently on the evening news is facina [...]


    23. This was a great read for anybody wanting to know how Obama s administration makes big military decisions Whether you agree with said decisions or not, the book shows how much thought and intelligent debate goes into them I was impressed.




    24. Easy read that really brings to light how National Policy decision are made Well worth the read to realize that this is a people game and access is king.


    25. Hello political laymen and ignorant ideologist This is Bob Woodward Here s what s going on.Bob Woodward s account of the political and military conduct during the wars on terror is captivating, even for those of us with little war time governing acumen The book is strikingly nonpartisan in its approach, which is to be expected from the likes of Woodward though the account is not without its sympathies or specific player perspectives And the narrative is so thorough that it leaves virtually no sp [...]


    26. Short version Read the book It s interesting and well written I believe Woodward will end up being considered one of the great historical journalist authors of the last 40 years and probably then next 10 or so, too The book highlights the reasons for our eventual political and military failure in Afghanistan It is inevitable Long version Today I completed Bob Woodward s latest book Obama s Wars The book is an insiders look at the Obama Administration, the US Military and the on going prosecution [...]


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