Obama's Wars

Obama's Wars

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Baker & Taylor
A master journalist turns his scrutinizing eye on President Obama's administration, especially how the president has dealt with the war in Afghanistan. 850,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Woodward shows Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.
Shows Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan, and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

Simon and Schuster
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 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 more 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 more 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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010
ISBN: 9781439172490
Branch Call Number: 973.932 W871o
Characteristics: xviii, 441 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jul 06, 2012

This book is what I need!

smokeyd9 Apr 19, 2011

Usually like Woodward's reporting, but this was WAY too long & actually quite boring as it jumped back & forth too much so that you had to go back & forth to connect the people involved in the situations to follow the "trail". I would have to take it out again, and skim through it to get "more" from it, as I was really disappointed in it. I thought there would be a lot more real details in the stuff I was interested in finding out about.

Feb 08, 2011

usual good journalism from Woodward, clear discussion of the problems left in Afghanistan (and one more reason why Bush will be remembered as the worst US president)

Jan 25, 2011

What can I say?...Bob Woodward does it again without any partisan slant!
I found his latest book to be quite an informative look inside the Obama White House, the administration, the key players and what is really going on in Afghanistan/ Pakistan with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. An eye-opener and a must read for everyone!

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

Woodward turns to a new president in a closely reported account that focuses on Obama’s commander-in-chief duties, particularly his handling of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the constant threat of terrorism.


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