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Author: Bob Woodward Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781442340176
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Bob Woodward provides the first inside account of President Obama wrestling with the fate of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the constant threat of terrorism.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with key administration officials, their deputies, and other firsthand sources, Woodward takes listeners deep into the national security state and shows how Obama debates, decides, and balances the enormous pressures facing the modern president.

As always, Woodward also bases his work on extensive documentation, including internal memos, letters, detailed chronologies, and meeting notes that reveal the behind-the-scenes realities of the Obama era.

Obama has learned that he is not commander-in-chief of the economy. Many of his high-profile domestic reforms—health care, education, and energy—were largely turned over to Congress. But the president has realized the weight and reach of his authority as commander-in-chief, a responsibility that may define much of his legacy. Filled with intimate scenes told verbatim, this is an unprecedented look at a young president responding to the dangers and commitments of the twenty-first century. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • "[Woodward's] books on the Bush administration’s response to the September 11 attacks and the Iraq war have been definitive, and now he has provided a similar account of the bitter feuds that have affected the Obama administration’s handling of the war in Afghanistan."

    Telegraph (London)

  • "Woodward uses his nearly unrestricted access to the key players to paint an authoritative portrait of the process that led to President Obama’s decision to deploy increased military might in the Afghanistan War. Using a chronological structure and a highly informative writing style, Woodward guides listeners through the military and political intrigue leading to the “surge.” Boyd Gaines provides a clear, smooth, and rapid narration."


  • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • AnAudie Award Finalist
  • APublishers Weekly Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raimo | 6/20/2011

    " Typical of Woodward's behind-the-scenes-of-the-Presidency books of recent years. What leaps out here is the appalling attempts by the military establishment to undermine the authority of a new President. Very ominous in a democracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonardo | 6/15/2011

    " It amazes me how Woodward gets access to so much classified materials, and frankly why a lot of the people he quotes tell him all the information they know will get published in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/27/2011

    " Gripping and maddening. The president needs better staff work than he got here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 4/14/2011

    " This is a view of the President that we don't get through the news media. Read this, and you'll be most impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 4/7/2011

    " The narrative if this book focuses on the troop count sent to Afghanistan. While interesting, it sometimes has all the drama of an accounting textbook. In the end, I'm not sure I understand much more than mere personalities of the Obama cabinet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 3/20/2011

    " Great insights. No way to know if everything he said was accurate, but he's done it plenty of times before. Its books like this that convince me that reading books written 3 years out is better than reading a newspaper 20 hours out, even if they're by the same guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/12/2011

    " learned a lot, if you're outside the community can be hard to keep track of the cast of characters. "

About the Author

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at the Washington Post, where he has worked for almost forty years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored a number of bestselling books, including Obama’s Wars, The War Within, Bush at War, and others.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor whose many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he has appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.