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Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him Hardcover – Aug 21 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Aug. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250016102
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miniter has penned a very insightful look inside the leadership qualities of someone who remains somewhat of a mystery. Within these lessons about leadership, the top level investigative reporter in Miniter has found great stories and never before reported facts to animate the book's main theme. Readers will very much enjoy Miniter's latest New York Times bestseller. (Forbes.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Caughill on Sept. 21 2012
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This is a book every American voting in the 2012 Election should read. It is difficult to believe that Obama was ever elected to be President in the first place. He was never vetted and he was totally supported by the left wing media to a position he simply could not do. Obama could not make decisions and relied on other unskilled ideologues for answers. Unbelieveable!! The US better get it right this time..
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Excellent read Aug. 21 2012
By andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just finished the book and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I was going to be reading another book bashing Obama without hard facts. Not only did I read all 304 pages, unlike some reviewers on amazon, I read some other books by the author before this one and found all of them were as equally a good read with great knowledge of the subject matter.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Surprising material in Leading from behind Oct. 19 2012
By Federico German Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Leading from behind is obviously a book not sympathetic to the President, but because of its interesting revelations it is worthwhile reading whatever your political inclinations.

There is an interesting description of the women who influenced the President, starting with his mother Stanley Ann Dunham, his with Michelle, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and the bete noire of the book Valerie Jarrett. Ms Jarrett is perhaps the most influential of the President's advisors and no decision is made without consulting her. Perhaps the most interesting of the chapters is the one dealing with the killing of bin Laden. It was a surprise to me that the President was at first very much opposed to that mission, because he wanted 100% certainty regarding the mission's success and the certainty that bin Laden was in the compound. He had in mind the fiasco of the Carter mission which did Carter much political damage. Ms Jarrett also strongly opposed the mission because of the uncertainty of its outcome. One has the feeling that in the end the highly successful mission was authorized by the President because of the realization that if public opinion ever found out that he had had bin Laden in his sights and never took advantage of that opportunity, there would be an outcry against him. Another revelation is that it took the Administration about a year from the time they knew bin Laden was probably in the Abbottabad compound to the time the Administration decided to authorize the mission. Within the Administration, the hero of this mission seems to be Secretary Panetta, who was willing to take responsibility if the mission failed. The ups and downs of the relation with Israel are also interesting. All in all a very critical but interesting book.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Leading? Oct. 8 2012
By R. Patton - Published on Amazon.com
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I am only half way through, but am certainly getting the picture of what is going in this White House. It gets pretty "heavy" at times and I am saddened about the reality of DC so I switch off to another lighter book and then back to this one. Its a good history book. The author has done his research.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Real Truth Exposer Jan. 18 2013
By Shoshie - Published on Amazon.com
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For a person who really wants to know and perceive truth from a credible and well-researched author, this is the book for you. Well pleased.
Campaign book against Obama May 1 2015
By Clint Krueger - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book, it's hard to avoid the impression that the only reason the book was written was to smear President Obama and hurt his chances of reelection. Thank God the author failed. With every chapter Miniter lets down his guard even further. The most unnerving chapter is on Obama's supposed Israel views, which are far from the truth. These deliberations distort reality so much that in hindsight even the author will probably be embarrassed and ashamed. Factual errors, intentional omissions and misrepresentations of history and policies are abundant. Summing up: If you're looking for conservative and propagandistic Obama bashing, you'll have a field day. If you're expecting to learn something about Obama's leadership style - as the title of the book suggests - you will be terribly disappointed and find this read a waste of time.