Confront And Conceal by David E. Sanger

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Sanger traces the development of Obama’s foreign policy architecture through a sprightly narrative of his decision making on a host of treacherous challenges...
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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. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, 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 the world’s great rising power, China. 

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.
 

About David E. Sanger

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DAVID E. SANGER is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. In twenty-six years at the Times, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for investigative, national security, and White House reporting. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Broadway Books. 514 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2012

A bracing rejoinder to those who think Barack Obama is a wimp, to say nothing of anti-American.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Robert W. Merry on Jul 13 2012

Sanger traces the development of Obama’s foreign policy architecture through a sprightly narrative of his decision making on a host of treacherous challenges...

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by THOMAS RICKS on Jun 05 2012

That is, Mr. Sanger shows us the world through the eyes of Mr. Obama, Mr. Donilon and those around him. But he also tends to depict Washington and the world as they see it.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Moyar on Jun 09 2012

Among the most noteworthy of Mr. Sanger's discoveries is that the administration now plans to reduce America's "footprint" in Afghanistan to between 10,000 and 15,000 troops, stationed at a handful of bases.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Kenneth Allard on Jul 16 2012

Bottom line first: I cannot recommend Mr. Sanger’s Confront and Conceal to New York Journal of Books readers—or anyone else. The principal reason? The author has willfully compromised the most sensitive American military and diplomatic secrets...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Dina Temple-Raston on Jun 15 2012

While Sanger’s book is about national security more generally, he devotes a chapter to the dark side of what has become the administration’s “light footprint” strategy.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Sabrina Siddiqui on Jun 05 2012

...underscores the complexity of the foreign policy issues Obama inherited and the extent to which he -- and whoever is commander-in-chief -- sometimes makes critical calls on the fly.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Matthew DeLuca on Jun 06 2012

The Harvard-educated constitutional lawyer and community organizer expanded the war against America’s enemies in ways unforeseen, taking executive powers further than his predecessors could ever imagine.

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Dawn.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Cyril Almeida on Jul 29 2012

Still, Sanger’s book is a remarkable read for the details it provides on White House debates on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Dempsey on Aug 20 2012

...he provides the first confirmation that Stuxnet was sanctioned at the highest levels of the US and Israeli governments - expose the debates in Washington under way surrounding 21st Century warfare.

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Frogen Yozurt

Good
Reviewed by Editor on Jun 01 2012

As the world seeks to understand the contours of the Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years...

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