Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

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by David Corn
     
 

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The veteran political journalist and New York Times bestselling author goes behind the scenes at the White House to recount the dramatic tale of a pivotal period in the Obama presidency, from the game-changing 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the critical 2012 campaign season—a tumultuous time that tested the president as never before and set

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The veteran political journalist and New York Times bestselling author goes behind the scenes at the White House to recount the dramatic tale of a pivotal period in the Obama presidency, from the game-changing 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the critical 2012 campaign season—a tumultuous time that tested the president as never before and set the stage for a titanic clash over the future of the nation

After Barack Obama's first two years as president—during which he navigated the United States through its severest economic crisis since the Great Depression while managing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—he was faced with a bitterly divided nation and an emboldened political opposition dedicated to impeding his presidency. What followed was a year of political crises and fierce battles that would transform Obama and profoundly shape the terrain for the next election.

In Showdown, astute political journalist David Corn chronicles and examines this crucial time in the Obama presidency and its impact on the nation's future. Drawing on interviews with White House officials, Obama's inner circle, members of Congress, and others, Corn takes the reader into the Oval Office and the back rooms on Capitol Hill for a fast-paced and gripping account of the major events as they unfolded: the controversial tax-cut deal with Congress in December 2010; the repeal of Don't Ask/Don't Tell; the passage of the New START treaty; the near shutdown of the government in early 2011; the revolutionary Arab spring; the killing of Osama bin Laden; the intense, high-wire debt-ceiling negotiations (in which intransigent House Republicans risked the nation's financial standing); House Speaker John Boehner's erratic maneuvers during the rise and fall of the grand bargain; and the face-off between Obama and congressional Republicans over how best to create jobs.

Corn captures the dilemmas faced by a president assailed by disappointed progressives and defiantly obstructionist Republicans determined to see his defeat. Here is a chief executive trying to balance the cross-cutting demands of governance and politics while handling unending challenges at home and abroad. The book reveals a thoughtful leader with a cool head who is unafraid to take risks and make tough choices, a steely battler who successfully turned his enemies' obstinacy to his advantage. Obama has often frustrated supporters, but Corn shows how the president, who often puts pragmatism ahead of partisan demands, has craftily operated within a hostile conservative political climate, looking to win the long game, achieve progressive goals, and, ultimately, win reelection.

A vivid and powerful account of White House decision-making, Showdown offers a unique and enlightening look at the turbulent American political scene during one of the most consequential moments of the nation's history, and explains the fascinating and complicated leader at the heart of this vortex.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, an analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, and author or coauthor of a couple of New York Times best sellers (e.g., Hubris), Corn seems well placed to evaluate how 2011 has treated President Obama. Important for anyone interested in U.S. politics; with a 100,000-copy first printing.
Huffington Post
“A dramatic behind-the-scenes account of the decision making that occured within the Obama White House following the disastrous-for-Democrats 2010 midterm election... shows how Obama got his groove back in time for the 2012 campaign.”
USA Today
Showdown chronicles the administration over the past two years.”
Chris Matthews
“A great book - the real inside story. If you want to understand the Obama White House and how Washington works, you have to read it.”
Jefferson Morley
“Best account yet of how Obama strategizes.”
Kevin Drum
“Through the lens of policy battles, you get a remarkably vivid pen portrait of Obama himself and how he thinks.”
Charles P. Pierce
“Fine book about how the Obama administration maneuvered to it’s advantage in the face of the catastrophic loses of the 2010 midterm elections.”
Greg Sargent
“Why did Obama and Democrats pivot so hard towards deficit reductions, and away from job creation after the 2010 elections? We now have a book that sheds some fresh light on what drove this pivot. ... Corn reports on a number of behind the scene discussions...illuminating.”
Mackenzie Weinger
Showdown focuses on key moments of Obama’s presidency.”
David Weigel
“Insta-history of Obama... good.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062107992
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Mackenzie Weinger
Showdown focuses on key moments of Obama’s presidency.”
Kevin Drum
“Through the lens of policy battles, you get a remarkably vivid pen portrait of Obama himself and how he thinks.”
Charles P. Pierce
“Fine book about how the Obama administration maneuvered to it’s advantage in the face of the catastrophic loses of the 2010 midterm elections.”
Jefferson Morley
“Best account yet of how Obama strategizes.”
David Weigel
“Insta-history of Obama... good.”
Wally Lamb
David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is a must read, remarkably told.
Greg Sargent
“Why did Obama and Democrats pivot so hard towards deficit reductions, and away from job creation after the 2010 elections? We now have a book that sheds some fresh light on what drove this pivot. ... Corn reports on a number of behind the scene discussions...illuminating.”
Chris Matthews
“A great book - the real inside story. If you want to understand the Obama White House and how Washington works, you have to read it.”

Meet the Author

David Corn is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine. Prior to that, he was the Washington editor of The Nation for twenty years. He is an analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Hubris (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush, Corn has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Harper's, the New Republic, Slate, and many other publications. Corn has long been a prominent commentator on television and radio, appearing on Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show, the PBS NewsHour, and other programs. For years, he was a Fox News contributor. He also regularly provides commentary on National Public Radio.

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Showdown: Inside the Obama White House 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Tim40744 More than 1 year ago
I don't often read books about politics; they tend to be either too dry or prone to histrionics. This book stays away from those extremes. David Corn has extensively interviewed individuals in the Obama administration and Congress and incorporated this information in a very readable account of the President's clashes with Republicans in Congress. Mr. Corn's knowledge of the machinations of Washington is impressive and it's evident in this book. Excellent book.
RMSpraitz More than 1 year ago
This look inside the wheels of power was a real eye opener and gave me a greater appreciation of what this president had (and still has) to overcome.
NJBorne More than 1 year ago
Corn provides a chronological efforts of this President to effect initiatives and policies towards job growth and such, and the concervatives attempt to foil. Provides insight in the President's and Conservatives' mindset and decision making. Provided the various reasons Liberals were rightly concernes. Great read.
cchalice More than 1 year ago
We only hear one side of the story from the news. This book helps us to understand why the Obama Administration and the President himself acted in certain ways. Real life decisions are more complicated than sound bites.
M_S75 More than 1 year ago
A good look at the inner workings of the challenges Obama's administration faced throughout 2011. I'm guessing the title, or at least the sub-title, was the creation of the editor/publisher. The book does focus a lot on the "Showdown" that took place regarding the debt ceiling & Bush tax cuts. But it also deals with the Arab Spring, Libya, the killing of OBL, &c. A very insightful book, obviously sympathetic to the Obama administration but not sycophantically so.
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PatrickJ More than 1 year ago
A lot of detail you won't otherwise get.
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This man is al quedas dream: a US president who hates the US.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very interesting and kept my attention.
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He is our President
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Outside
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I didnt .
MJS98 More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give it a "zero" Very poorly written with many grammatical errors Very disjointed...jumpps around from subject to subject No value here,,,even if it were free