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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: September 2012 ISBN: 9781442353305
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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”

    Politico

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

    The Daily Beast

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/8/2014

    " A frightening storyline as this country again faces similar headlines. Sorry to say, the characters are identical now as in the summer of 2011. We can only hope they've graduated from kindergarten. Overall, a good inside look at our government - what we've grown to expect from Bob Woodward. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cl | 12/28/2013

    " Surprisingly bad. I usually like Woodward's work and his insider accounts of D.C. But I couldn't get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie Devero | 12/24/2013

    " If you aren't already cynical about S politics, you will be. Don't read it if you have a limited attention span for repetition and lots of minutiae relating to petty interactions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/21/2013

    " Detailed account of the debt negotiations. It basically slams everyone involved. The writing was a little dry at times. But, I have a high tolerance for dry politics. Something that I don't have a high tolerance for is the f-bomb. Watch out for Rahm Emmanuel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk | 11/22/2013

    " Well written quick read on the events that brought us to the brink of the Fiscal Cliff. I like Woodward's political writing because you can not define him as a conservative or liberal, he just reported the events based on interviews and no one was off limits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant Short | 11/17/2013

    " Great insight of the workings of the administration. There's plenty to criticize in this presidency, it's just things of more substance than the hatred spewed in society as a hole. This book really highlights he failures if people Obama put in administration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Bambery | 11/9/2013

    " Woodward is always a good read. A timely book as well as we approach the so-called fiscal cliff, as it deals with the 2011 budget mess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 9/16/2013

    " You pretty much have to be a political junky in order to get through this one.:) Other than that, it's pretty much equally exposing/damning of both political parties and Obama on the debt negotiations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 9/14/2013

    " Even-handed telling of recent partisan dispute. Incredible access to the major players. Very good read, important even. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 8/11/2013

    " Potentially great subject matter, but the treatment is too superficial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Juno | 5/20/2013

    " I am enjoying this book because it is a fascinating back room look into the fiscal crisis of 2011 which has lead to our currently looming "fiscal cliff." Let's hope that the players can get along better this time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace Wegner | 5/2/2013

    " Not my usually reading but very hard to put down. Woodward and staff make a complicated story understandable and riveting. He is balanced in his judgments and shows the complexity of human behavior, motivation, and relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 3/30/2013

    " It really showed me more of what goes on inside the White House, & was really fascinating. However, it is a tedious, as you see them renegotiating a deal a thousand different times. But still worth your while if you're into politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Ashton | 1/7/2013

    " An equally unflattering portrait of President Obama and Speaker Boehner detailing their failure to rise to the occasion of the 2011 debt ceiling stalemate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis W. Maloney | 11/10/2012

    " Extremely boring; but, nearly all of his books are a test of patience and endurance. To his credit, the thoroughness of his books will undoubtedly teach you something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 10/15/2012

    " I loved Plan of Attack, Bush at War, and Obama's Wars. I suspect this one will be no different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Roland | 9/7/2012

    " Was reading during the fiscal cliff bruhaha in 2012/2013. Made me sick about how everything is repeating itself: same players, same outcomes (or lack of outcomes) "

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About the Author
Author Bob Woodward

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 nationally bestselling nonfiction books, including Obama’s Wars, The War Within, Bush at War, and others. Before becoming a journalist, Woodward worked as a communications officer in the US Navy.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ 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’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.