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

Richard Miniter
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Aug. 21 2012

Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now.       

In the New York Times bestselling Leading from Behind, 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.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Leading from Behind 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read Aug. 21 2012
By andy - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Truth Exposer Jan. 18 2013
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars So very sad. July 13 2014
By Roger A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent review of what is wrong with our nation under the stewardship of this administration My prayers are that we are able to survive the effects of this sorry President.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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