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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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Straight from inside Obama’s situation room, the critical moments in the covert war against Iran, the struggles to deal with a recalcitrant Pakistan and its fast-growing nuclear arsenal, the tensions with the American military over Afghanistan and with allies swept up in the chaos of the Arab Spring.

Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats. Sanger describes how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration, how the early hopes that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic awakening slipped away, and how an effort to re-establish American power in the Pacific set the stage for a new era of tensions with China, the world’s great rising power.

As the world seeks to understand the contours of the 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • 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 
  • 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 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

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.