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Publisher's Summary

Barack Obama has never been fully vetted - until now.
In Leading from Behind, New York Times best-selling 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.
©2012 Richard Miniter (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By STORK on 09-17-12

Not Ready For Prime Time

If you could sum up Leading from Behind in three words, what would they be?

The Man was not ready for Prime time and Is still not ready for Prime time. In 2008 Obama said it best when he said it was time to replace a failed administration with Hope and Change. It is true today. It is time to replace Obama's failed administration with Hope and Change. This book documents that Obama is not the leader He thinks he is and America Hoped he was. Time for change.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The seals who killed UBL.

If you could give Leading from Behind a new subtitle, what would it be?

America, You Got What You Deserved When You Tossed Your Vote Away.

Any additional comments?

All Americans need to read this book to see how not researching ones vote can potentially bring down our nation.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 08-25-12


This is a very excellent and compelling account of the inside story behind President Obama. It gives interesting information about many of the people who are running America. It sheds light on how they are handling the situations they are facing. There is an account of the inside workings of what happened before the Bin Laden raid. The author does an excellent job of narrating his book. All in all this is a very captivating and fair description of a real story and what is really happening. I highly recommend it!

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