Leading From Behind

Leading From Behind

The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him

Book - 2012
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An analysis of President Obama's leadership style investigates his most noted successes and failures, portraying Obama as an indecisive and moody individual whose achievements have been largely shaped by strong women in his administration.

McMillan Palgrave

Barack Obama has never been fully vetted-until now.

In the New York Times bestselling Leading from Behind, investigative journalist Richard Miniter presents the first book to explore President Obama's abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, Leading from Behindinvestigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape historic events.

Contrary to the White House narrative, which aims to define Obama as a visionary leader,Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive, moody, and often paralyzed by competing political considerations. Many victories-as well as several significant failures-during the Obama presidency are revealed to be the work of strong women, who led when the president did not: then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Valerie Jarrett, his closest adviser and an Obama family confidante, whose unusual degree of influence has been a source of conflict with veteran political insiders.

In Leading from Behind, you will learn:

· Why Obama's relationship with Israel was poisoned years before he met Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu

· The real reason for Valerie Jarrett's strong hold over both Barack and Michelle Obama

· ObamaCare wasn't Obama's idea. It was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's. And the real reason he danced to her tune.

· Obama delayed and canceled the mission to kill Osama bin Laden three times and then committed an intelligence blunder that allowed dozens of high-level members of al Qaeda to escape.

· Why Obama destroyed a secret budget deal with House Speaker John Boehner that would have reformed entitlements, slashed spending, and reduced the national debt-without raising taxes

· Why Obama is determined to save Attorney General Eric Holder, even though he has mislead and stonewalled Congress about "Operation: Fast and Furious"

· Why Obama decided to defy the Tea Party and ditch his plans to end earmarks

In Leading from Behind, Richard Miniter's provocative research offers a dramatic, thoroughly sourced account of President Obama's White House during a time of intense domestic controversy and international turmoil.



Baker
& Taylor

"In the first book to explore President Obama's leadership style by digging into the details of his biggest successes and failures, New York Times bestselling journalist Richard Miniter investigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape world events. Based on exclusive interviews, inside sources, and never-before-published material, Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive, moody, and often paralyzed by competing political considerations. Many victories during the Obama presidency are revealed to be the work of strong women, negotiating behind the scenes as well as exercising leadership when the president did not: then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spearheaded key domestic initiatives; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose tireless diplomacy guided America through a seemingly-endless sequence of controversial and delicate international events; and Valerie Jarrett, his closest advisor and an Obama family confidante, whose unusual degree of influence has been a source of conflict with more seasoned political insiders. In Leading From Behind, Richard Miniter's provocative research offers a dramatic, thoroughly-sourced account of President Obama and his White House during a time of domestic controversy and international turmoil"--
A provocative analysis of the 44th President's leadership style investigates his most noted successes and failures, profiling the combatant personalities of his closest advisors while portraying Obama as an indecisive and moody individual whose achievements have been largely shaped by strong women in his administration, including Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett. By the author of Losing Bin Laden. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250016102
125001610X
Branch Call Number: 973.932 M664L
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 25 cm

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Oct 03, 2012

This is an excellent book. It is very well written and offers great insight into the decision making process of events such as Fast and Furious as well as the killing of Osama bin Laden and many other pieces of recent history. Much of this has been extremely difficult for me to understand - after all, who could possibly justify supplying murderous drug gangs with thousands of unmonitored weapons? I do appreciate Mr Miniter's work. Highest recommendations to all. With the coming elections, consider it a civic duty.

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