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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Veteran journalist David Corn—Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine and New York Times bestselling author of Hubris (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush—now brings us  Showdown, the dramatic inside story of Barack Obama’s fight to save his presidency. With Bob

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Veteran journalist David Corn—Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine and New York Times bestselling author of Hubris (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush—now brings us  Showdown, the dramatic inside story of Barack Obama’s fight to save his presidency. With Bob Woodward-esque insight and narrative flair, Corn takes readers into the White House and behind the political scenes during the beleaguered president’s pivotal third year, and explores the most earth-shaking events of the Obama presidency—from the game changing 2010 elections to the Arab Spring, the debt ceiling battle with Congressional Republicans, the killing of Osama bin Laden and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.

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ISBN-13:
9780062108012
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
File size:
24 MB
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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 and an analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hubris (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush, and 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is our President
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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