Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power Review

FROM INSIDE OBAMA’S SITUATION ROOM . . . THE CRITICAL MOMENTS IN THE COVERT WAR AGAINST IRAN, THE STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH A RECALCITRANT PAKISTAN AND ITS FAST-GROWING NUCLEAR ARSENAL, THE TENSIONS WITH THE AMERICAN MILITARY OVER AFGANISTAN AND WITH ALLIES SWEPT UP IN THE CHAOS OF THE ARAB SPRING
 
Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats. Sanger describes how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration, how the early hopes that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic awakening slipped away, and how an effort to re-establish American power in the Pacific set the stage for a new era of tensions with the world’s great rising power, China. 

As the world seeks to understand the contours of the Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years, in which the president and his administration have found themselves struggling to stay ahead in a world where power is diffuse and America’s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.

Title:Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
Edition Language:English

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  • Mal Warwick

    Barack Obama's Foreign and Military Policy Viewed from the InsideWhen I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, I expected a great deal from his Presidency — much too much, it’s clear in hindsight. What I...

  • Jerome

    A thorough and engaging book about the complex world that Obama confronted during his first term and his and his team's attempts to deal with it. Singer writes of the "surprising" use of American powe...

  • Lori Gum

    A true must-read for any citizen that is interested in our present foreign policy; particularly this administration's responses to what has become known as "The Arab Spring" and more critically maybe,...

  • Scott

    If you paid any attention to the recently-completed 2012 campaign, you heard a lot of talk from both Democrats and Republicans about America's place in the world. In particular, the Republican preside...

  • wally

    finished this one yesterday, 30th april 2017...wasn't that the day (give or take) that the last helo lifted away from the roof of the embassy in saigon. '75 was it? good read. i liked it. 3-stars. kin...

  • Kelly

    While this is a topical, important, and useful overview of Obama’s foreign policy posture thus far, it is not likely to be either politically or historically relevant after the upcoming election (i....

  • Mark Galassi

    This book is an in-depth description and analysis of the Obama administration's efforts in the world's hot spots.The scope of the book seems impressive; I will give here the list of topics and then di...

  • George

    A truly fascinating book about the foreign policy challenges of Obama's first term and how he responded to them. But to me its also an embedded discourse about the nature of foreign policy and the nec...

  • Kahne Parsons Walker

    Indispensable for understanding not only the profound challenges facing the U. S. militarily and diplomatically, but also the extreme pressure facing America in the post 9-11 era. Obama gets points fo...

  • Sky

    This was an interesting book, but the entire tone was overly fawning with very, very little critique or counter-point to the administration. To his credit, Sanger seems to recognize and tries to rebut...