Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him

Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him

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

Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now.

In Leading from Behind, New York Times bestselling 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 lied and stonewalled Congress about "Operation: Fast and Furious"

· Why Obama removed an elected Christian president of Ivory Coast and replaced him with a Muslim leader who had lost the election

· Why Obama let a U.S. citizen rot in a Cuban prison when Cuban dictator Raul Castro wanted to release him

· 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250031389
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 402,966
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

RICHARD MINITER is the author of two top-ten New York Times bestsellers, Losing Bin Laden and Shadow War, as well as Mastermind, the first biography of 9/11 planner Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. He writes a column for Forbes.com. A former editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels, member of the investigative team at The Sunday Times in London, and editorial-page editor of the Washington Times, Miniter has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, as well as The Atlantic, Reader's Digest, Newsweek, The New Republic, and National Review. He has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He has won awards from the National Press Club and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (shared). He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book confirms some unfortunate realities about the current American political landscape - that our elected leaders are more concerned with perpetuating political "careers" than governing effectively and that in 2008 a majority of the American electorate chose a candidate who did not possess the character, integrity, wisdom, maturity, and competence of leadership to be our President. The events, actions, and underlying ideological currents chronicled by the author border on incredulous and truly illuminate a historic failure on the part of the American people to carefully consider and evaluate the quality of candidates for political office.
PE55 More than 1 year ago
A President that can't make the TOUGH decisions and vacillates..is NO President. A good read about what is really going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horribly biased and under cuts what a president has an advisory board for.
FREE2BEE More than 1 year ago
I found this book incredibly biased. I would not recommend this book to anyone who truly appreciates a wide angle perspective!
teesoepke More than 1 year ago
it's too bad that more people won't read this before the election. it's only strengthened my opinion of obama as a spineless twerp. sadly, a razor-thin majority will give this poor excuse of a president another four directionless and leaderless years in the white house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read! It' s beyond sad that the leader of the free world cannot or will not make a decision with the thought of what is best for the country first and foremost but rather what is in his best interest. Forevermore, when i hear the phrase " I decided" I will always wonder hmmmm who actually is running the country!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been in panama city for 4 years my dad says that you can only be president 2 times is that really true i am only 11 i really really whant to know.
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Trash, nothing more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confirms some of the suspicions about the leadership abilities in the Whitehouse, and who is really behind a few of the more contraversial decisions made in the past two years. For those up to date on the political facts on a daily basis, it will be less informative. For those not up on the news, it may well be dismissed as "improbable". A bipartisan view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and it paints a scary picture. Let us pray for a Romney victory in November.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in preserving the nation that the founding fathers were inspired by God to place on this continent. Obama is not qualified in anyone to be dogcatcher much less president.If he is elected to 4 more years, then the nation which I served for 22 years in the military will no longer exist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Presents a clear rationale for President Obama's actions. Suggested reading for the open-minded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I found out one thing that I will not be voting for the empty suited president tha is in office now. What a joke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book before they vote.