The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power

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Bantam, 2009 - Presidents - 498 pages
After seven years covering the White House for the New York Times, Chief Washington Correspondent David E. Sanger offers a clear, detailed and accessible analysis of the Bush administration's legacy, its few successes, and its stunning string of failures, many of them the collateral damage of the decision to invest so much of America, and Britain's, future on what once seemed like an easy mission in Iraq. Now, from rebuilding Afghanistan to preventing Iran and North Korea from becoming nuclear-armed states, cracking down on the proliferation of nuclear renegades, and reducing economic indebtedness to India and China, the challenges facing Barack Obama are more complex than those facing any other incoming president of the last half century. Mapping the political landscape that Bush now vacates, this book examines the international arenas that will remain the focus of the entire western world throughout the years to come. 'Somehow David Sanger has broken through the secrecy and the government gobbledygook to tell us how we got to where we are and the choices this leaves for the next administration. He reveals inside stuff that we have never heard in detail that will surprise and sometimes shock, yet he has framed it all in language that the specialist will appreciate and the layman can understand. One of the most important books of the year.' - Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News

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About the author (2009)

David E. Sanger was born in White Plains, New York on July 5, 1960 and graduated from Harvard College in 1982. He worked for the Tokyo bureau of The New York Times before becoming its Chief Washington Correspondent. Sanger was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, one for an investigation of the space agency and the other regarding exports to China. He has won several other awards in journalism, including the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.

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