Leading from Behind by Richard Miniter
The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him

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The author’s conclusions are implied by book’s title as well as his scathing overall assessment of Mr. Obama’s leadership—stake-burning heresies for any practicing journalist.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now.       

In the New York Times bestselling Leading from Behind, investigative journalist Richard Miniter presents the first book to explore President Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, Leading from Behind investigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape historic events.

Contrary to the White House narrative, which aims to define Obama as a visionary leader, Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive, moody, and often paralyzed by competing political considerations. Many victories—as well as several significant failures—during the Obama presidency are revealed to be the work of strong women, who led when the president did not: then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Valerie Jarrett, his closest adviser and an Obama family confidante, whose unusual degree of influence has been a source of conflict with veteran political insiders.

In Leading from Behind, you will learn:

·         Why Obama’s relationship with Israel was poisoned years before he met Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu

·         The real reason for Valerie Jarrett’s strong hold over both Barack and Michelle Obama

·         ObamaCare wasn’t Obama’s idea. It was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s. And the real reason he danced to her tune.

·         Obama delayed and canceled the mission to kill Osama bin Laden three times and then committed an intelligence blunder that allowed dozens of high-level members of al Qaeda to escape.

·         Why Obama destroyed a secret budget deal with House Speaker John Boehner that would have reformed entitlements, slashed spending, and reduced the national debt—without raising taxes

·         Why Obama is determined to save Attorney General Eric Holder, even though he has mislead and stonewalled Congress about “Operation: Fast and Furious”

·         Why Obama decided to defy the Tea Party and ditch his plans to end earmarks

In Leading from Behind, Richard Miniter’s provocative research offers a dramatic, thoroughly sourced account of President Obama’s White House during a time of intense domestic controversy and international turmoil.

 

About Richard Miniter

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Richard Miniter is the author of three top-ten New York Times bestsellers on foreign affairs, Losing Bin Laden and Shadow War, as well as Mastermind, a book on the hunt for and capture of terrorist leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.  He writes a column for Forbes and a weekly newspaper column on economics and global politics.  He has won awards from the National Press Club and the International  Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 302 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Kenneth Allard on Aug 21 2012

The author’s conclusions are implied by book’s title as well as his scathing overall assessment of Mr. Obama’s leadership—stake-burning heresies for any practicing journalist.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Sep 19 2012

The book is an easy, albeit provocative, insightful read in this important election year.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by GLENN BLAIN on Aug 20 2012

Miniter’s explosive allegation threatens to undermine the White House’s narrative of a decisive Obama ordering the risky May 2011 raid by U.S. Navy Seals to kill bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan.

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The Atlantic Wire

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Reviewed by Jen Doll on Aug 21 2012

Obama relied heavily on the Navy SEALs who carried out the actual mission, and has thanked and credited them for that—does that mean he's leading from behind, too, or simply that everyone was doing his or her job?

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Media Matters

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Reviewed by SIMON MALOY on Aug 22 2012

It's a bizarre allegation, not just for its utter lack of truth but for how very easily disprovable it is.

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The Constitution Club

Excellent
Sep 22 2012

Richard Miniter’s Leading From Behind someday will be a resource book for how the US got screwed up in such a hurry. The man elected to lead the nation didn’t know how to do the job.

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The Blaze

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In Leading from Behind, Miniter’s provocative research offers a dramatic, thoroughly sourced account of President Obama’s White House during a time of intense domestic controversy and international turmoil.

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