The Inheritance

  • by David Sanger
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a riveting narrative, The Inheritance describes the huge costs of distraction and lost opportunities at home and abroad as Iraq soaked up manpower, money, and intelligence capabilities. The 2008 market collapse further undermined American leadership, leaving the new president with a set of challenges unparalleled since Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the Oval Office. The Inheritance takes readers to Afghanistan, where Bush never delivered on his promises for a Marshall Plan to rebuild the country, paving the way for the Taliban's return. It examines the chilling calculus of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, who built actual weapons of mass destruction in the same months that the Bush administration pursued phantoms in Iraq, then sold his nuclear technology in the Middle East in an operation the American intelligence apparatus missed. And it explores how China became one of the real winners of the Iraq war, using the past eight years to expand its influence in Asia, and lock up oil supplies in Africa while Washington was bogged down in the Middle East. Yet Sanger, a former foreign correspondent in Asia, sees enormous potential for the next administration to forge a partnership with Beijing on energy and the environment. At once a secret history of our foreign policy misadventures and a lucid explanation of the opportunities they create, The Inheritance is vital listening for anyone trying to understand the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead.


What the Critics Say

"The Inheritance reaffirms Thomas Jefferson's belief that for the American democracy to work there must be an informed citizenry. David Sanger's book epitomizes the requirement....Sanger's telling is full of behind-the-door stories that read like Alan Furst spy novels. This is a superior work of journalism." (Jim Lehrer)
"One of the most important books of the year." (Bob Schieffer, CBS News)


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Customer Reviews

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Gloom and Doom or Hope ...

Where is this world going ... ???

Reading "Inhertiance" by David Sanger is incredible experience. I suppose it is one of the best accounts about the global political, economical and security situation ever written. It is motivated by the drastic change in American policies expected with Obama presidency, by the dreadful facts about Iran nuclear program, Pakistan instability, North Korea convulsive attempts to drag world attention to them and their pigmy leader, terrorism and China's military programs.

The part of the book is about Bush and his misjudgments, but ultimately this is the book about the world as it is at the beginning of 2009. It shows how important are threats that we even 3-4 years ago did not even think of - like that of cyber-terrorism, or the real ability to smuggle atomic weapons to any peaceful country....

The actuality and accuracy of the book is clearly seen and heard in the recent Obama's Strasburg (April 2009) speach. He said something that plays well with the title of my review: "At the crossroads where we stand today, this shared history gives us hope - but it must not give us rest" ...

I'm sure that we mere mortals do not even think or feel how fragile is the world.

Lest we forget it - it will makes our daily steps a bit more careful and thoughtful....
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- Mirek

Very informative.

This book brings the reader up to speed on the major issues facing the new president. I thought it would be a "lets bash Bush" book and there are sections which are critical. However, there is much here for those interested in our immediate future.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio