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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:
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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 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jeremy | 2/5/2014

    " Well done. Well sourced. Highly recommended. "

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