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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David E. Sanger Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307990488
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“Stunning revelations…This is an account that long will be consulted by anyone trying to understand not just Iran but warfare in the 21st century…an important book.” –Tom Ricks, New York Times
 
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE INHERITANCE, A REVEALING  AND NEWS-BREAKING ACCOUNT OF OBAMA’S AGGRESSIVE USE OF INNOVATIVE WEAPONS AND NEW TOOLS OF AMERICAN POWER TO MANAGE A RAPIDLY SHIFTING WORLD OF GLOBAL THREATS AND CHALLENGES

Inside the White House Situation Room, the newly elected Barack Obama immerses himself in the details of a remark­able new American capability to launch cyberwar against Iran—and escalates covert operations to delay the day when the mullahs could obtain a nuclear weapon. Over the next three years Obama accelerates drone attacks as an alter­native to putting troops on the ground in Pakistan, and becomes increasingly reliant on the Special Forces, whose hunting of al-Qaeda illuminates the path out of an unwin­nable war in Afghanistan.
 
Confront and Conceal provides readers with a picture of an administration that came to office with the world on fire. It takes them into the Situation Room debate over how to undermine Iran’s program while simultaneously trying to prevent Israel from taking military action that could plunge the region into another war. It dissects how the bin Laden raid worsened the dysfunctional relationship with Pakistan. And it traces how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration.
 
One of the most trusted and acclaimed national security correspondents in the country, David Sanger of the New York Times takes readers deep inside the Obama adminis­tration’s most perilous decisions: The president dispatch­es an emergency search team to the Gulf when the White House briefly fears the Taliban may have obtained the Bomb, but he rejects a plan in late 2011 to send in Special Forces to recover a stealth drone that went down in Iran. Obama overrules his advisers and takes the riskiest path in killing Osama bin Laden, and ignores their advice when he helps oust Hosni Mubarak from the presidency of Egypt.
 
“The surprise is his aggressiveness,” a key ambassador who works closely with Obama reports.
 
Yet the president has also pivoted American foreign policy away from the attritional wars of the past decade, attempting to preserve America’s influence with a lighter, defter touch—all while focusing on a new era of diplomacy in Asia and reconfiguring America’s role during a time of economic turmoil and austerity.
 
As the world seeks to understand whether there is an Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years, in which the president and his administration have found themselves struggling to stay ahead in a world where power is diffuse and America’s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A must-read for policy wonks and a good primer on how American power works beyond our borders. Kirkus
  • Penetrating history of the presiden'ts effort to grapple with a world in flux... New York Times 
  • “Meticulously reported, immensely readable.”

    Washington Post

  • “Penetrating history of the presiden'ts effort to grapple with a world in flux.”

    New York Times

  • “A must-read for policy wonks and a good primer on how American power works beyond our borders.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Sanger is one of the leading national security reporters in the United States, and this astonishingly revealing insider's account of the Obama administration's foreign policy process is a triumph of the genre.'' --Foreign Affairs
  • Meticulously reported, immensely readable... The Washington Post
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 2/20/2014

    " It was enlightening on quite a few levels. Sanger lays out the issues and difficulties the president deals with daily. I was particularly surprised by the resolve of Obama. I highly recommend this one for people interested in seeing some of the inner political workings of the America and the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raja Doddala | 2/17/2014

    " Great story telling, and a good illustration of the Obama doctrine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bubba | 2/6/2014

    " My respect for Obama went up a little after reading this book. Fascinating insights into our National Security situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/5/2014

    " Well done. Well sourced. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/27/2014

    " Great book on Obama's foreign policy. Provides good insight into his strategy - covers both the successes and failures of his presidency up to this point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/12/2014

    " This is one of the best books on history & foreign policy I've ever read. Very readable and, considering that the author doesn't have the luxury of using time as a lens, it is surprisingly even-handed - slamming Obama for his failures re. Syria and China while placing in context the problems he has faced with the Pentagon draining the coffers for a decade while fighting two wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Pindell | 12/14/2013

    " Extremely good reporting on Obama's foreign policy thus far. This is the book where Sanger scoops on how G.W. Bush and Obama administrations used computer worms against Iran's nuclear facilities. Like how the atom bomb changed world dynamics, "Olympic Games" could be the beginning of a new way of warfare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaya | 11/18/2013

    " An intriguing look at current events. I definitely have a better understanding of international and national events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/22/2013

    " Being considered for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christel Oomen | 9/13/2013

    " As a friend of mine said: it's like crack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 8/23/2013

    " Pretty fascinating look at all the foreign policy issues and threats to national security from the last 3 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Boyarsky | 6/17/2013

    " I picked this up because it talked about the origins of Stuxnet. That part was interesting. I was surprised at how interesting the rest was. It's a constantly changing world though, so you'd have to read it fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 notabattlechick | 6/8/2013

    " Journalism, for sure, but it's what we've got in terms of an assessment of Obama's first-term foreign policy. Too soon to judge a lot of it. But fascinating reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 3/28/2013

    " Interesting book all around but some anecdotes were a bit long winded. Revealing for someone who hasn't kept a finger on the pulse of the issues discussed in the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valarie Ellis Stephenson | 2/9/2013

    " Very fascinating. Highly recommended for those who wish to learn of the process of decision making within the current White House as these pertain to conflict and subsequent international relations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 11/15/2012

    " Took me a long time to read. This man is a thorough researcher and writer, but his prose was difficult to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Murley | 11/12/2012

    " A very informative book...particularly important right before the election. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sayan | 10/14/2012

    " Insights on the key variables in the calculus of wars. As relevant now as Syria unfolds. Analysis of the impact of Wikileaks, Twitter, etc. on the tenor of diplomatic dialog. Witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 8/19/2012

    " If you read the paper regularly, there isn't much that will be new to you here but still, well written and some tidbits that I was not aware of and found interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 8/8/2012

    " I am not an Obama fan. His domestic and economic policies are terrible. However, I have a new found respect and appreciation for his foreign policy, his involvement, his decisions, and how he has dealt with what he inherited. I am glad I found this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 7/22/2012

    " This book is more than what you see in the news regarding leaks. An excellent analysis of the world today and how the US has affected and is affected by it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Feaver | 7/20/2012

    " Interesting "insider" reading. Lightly raises questions about Obama's policies, but mostly is a thinly-veiled appeal for his reelection...that I found unconvincing.- "

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About the Author

David E. Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and national security policy.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.