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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (916 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Woodward Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"The Price of Politics" provides an intimate glimpse into the state of the American economy and political system.

How did our economy get where it is today? What have President Obama and our leaders in Congress done to make changes? This is an audiobook for those who long to understand how politics has played a key role in our economy over the past three and a half years.

The Price of Politics takes you inside the minds of our nation's leaders as they strive to enter our country into a state of recovery following a time that threatened to become worse than the Great Depression. This eighteen-month study sheds an incredible light on our economic status as a nation. Woodward uses actual memos, notes and information derived from the interviews of key players to provide you with accurate and detailed information into this important time of our country's history. If you're looking for an in-depth study of America's economy, including how we arrived where we are today, you'll enjoy every moment of Woodward's account. The Price of Politics gives you an accurate report of what changes have been made to propel our country toward being more economically sound. Woodward does an excellent job of informing the reader, even through a day-by-day, and even hour-by-hour analysis of the events that continue to dictate the future of the United States.

Bob Woodward is one of the most prominent investigative reporters our country has ever seen, In 1972, while he was a reporter for The Washington Post, he played an important role when he teamed up with Carl Bernstein and reported on the Watergate Scandal. His news reports, which, along with the reports of others, led to numerous investigative reports the eventually resulted in the resignation of Richard Nixon. All sixteen of the books Woodward has authored or co-authored have become bestsellers.

Based on eighteen months of reporting, Woodward’s seventeenth book, The Price of Politics, is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama, along with the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress, attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government’s fiscal condition over three and a half years. Drawn from memos, contemporaneous meeting notes, emails, and in-depth interviews with the central players, The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy and how and why we got there. Providing verbatim, day-by-day, even hour-by-hour accounts, the book shows what really happened, what drove the debates, negotiations, and struggles that define, and will continue to define, the American future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A highly detailed dissection of the debt-limit negotiations. … A remarkable achievement…Woodward, being Woodward, digs deeper and draws more out of the protagonists than anyone else has.”

    The Washington Post

  • “Groundbreaking”

    David Gregory, NBC's Meet the Press

  • “Takes us inside the room once again.”

    Charlie Rose

  • “Required Reading”


  • “Bob Woodward, in characteristic fashion, does his competitors one better by filling in blanks and providing even finer detail.”

    The Daily Beast

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today 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 by Katy | 2/10/2014

    " Fascinating account of what went wrong and what almost went eight during the 2011 debt ceiling fiscal crisis. Very timely as the US sits on the precipice of the fiscal cliff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott Finley | 2/9/2014

    " If I ever needed convincing that term limits would be a good idea, this book sealed it for me. It was helpful to read this right before the sequestration went into effect. Not the most gripping of reads but solid, behind-the-scenes Woodward stories... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by False Millennium | 1/26/2014

    " Well written, but you'd really have to want to read about the federal budget to get seriously into this book. An essay would have done it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Reese Copeland | 1/24/2014

    " I found this book to be very interesting. It shows the "wheeling and dealing" of politics. While Woodward is certainly a Liberal, I believe he's one from the "old school" and is quite fair in this book. The discussions among our government leaders comes off as customers and used car sales people trying to make a deal. It clearly details the fractions within both political parties, as well as the lack of leadership on the part of John Bohner, the Speaker of the House. How on earth he ever got elected to that position is beyond me. All in all, a book I really enjoyed. "

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