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

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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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 7th 2012)
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K.D. Absolutely
I think this book came out prior to Barack Obama's second term at the White House. Obviously, this book tries to undermine the candidacy of president by pointing that his first term's only notable achievement was to kill Osama Bin Laden.

And I hate books that I picked up to know more about the person but turned out to be a political propaganda. I decided to buy this book because I wanted to know more about Obama and his leadership style: leading from behind. I thought it was about empowerment and
Gail Welborn
Sep 20, 2012 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
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***Extensively researched and sourced, a must read in this election year 2012***

Investigative journalist Richard Miniter evaluates the president’s leadership style in his August 2012 release, “Leading from Behind.” He uses West Wing sources, exclusive interviews and extensive research to document “…six pivotal decisions of the Obama years…” many of which were historical and controversial. There he identifies the president’s advisors and influencers to determine “…how and why the president…” made
Sep 28, 2012 thewanderingjew rated it it was amazing
If you want to read one book that will give you a definitive opinion and understanding of President Obama, read this one. I have read many books that analyze his Presidency, but this should be a primer, read by everyone. It is uncomplicated; it is a fast and interesting read; it is full of explanations that are easy to understand about who Obama is, why he is who he is, and what it means for America to have him as President. He may be very likeable, but likeability is not the best qualification ...more
Oct 31, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Miniter provides serious room for thinking through the awesome responsibility of a nation in electing a president. It is difficult to argue against his sources (both democratic and republican). Obama has been accused of poor leadership. Perhaps, it is the women in his life who are the poor leaders.They have born such an overwhelming influence that he has been, according to Miniter, leading from behind (them).

If you are supportive of President Obama's record in office, you would find this book di
This book answered a lot of questions I had about our President's leadership style and his relationships with other leaders, and while the author leans to the right, his facts are mostly consistent with what has been generally confirmed. In particular, it corroborated my sense at the time Obamacare was passed that this much-criticized piece of legislation was really Pelosi-care, and gave me a lot of respect for Nancy Pelosi's ability. I appreciated learning how this amazing, yet flawed piece of ...more
John Roskelley
Sep 19, 2012 John Roskelley rated it really liked it
I see several have marked this as "to read." May I suggest that they step up their efforts and read it before the Nov 2012 election. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that it tended, in my opinion, to give Obama too much credit in some circumstances. I found the chapter on "Killing bin Laden Loudly" particularly enlightening. It reinforced facts that were available to prior administrations and capitalized on by the Obama administration in finally guessing that they had enough informat ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Drtaxsacto rated it really liked it
This book makes two points over several chapters - first, that this president is among the most reclusive we have ever had - and that has consequences for how policy is made. And second, that he continuously exhibits a lack of basic understanding about how management works within in his own staff or beyond in the federal government. The consequences of the second trend are troubling in many ways.

He has a good chapter on the President's role in the killing of OBL and concludes that Obama delayed
Aug 26, 2012 Libertylover501 rated it really liked it
Assuming Mr. Miniter had reliable sources for this book, which in the beginning he stated that the majority of his sources were Obama supporting democrats, the book is a devastating account of President Obama.
The book paints President Obama as a indecisive man who relies on everyone else, especially Valerie Jarrett, to make tough decisions. According to Miniter's info, Obamacare should be called Pelosicare. Miniter also claims that Obama, at the behest of Jarrett, called off the Osama Bin Laden
Andrew Barbin
Mar 13, 2015 Andrew Barbin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, classics
Veteran Journalist Richard Miniter, in an expose which would eclipse that of Woodward and Bernstein if the lap dog fellow travelling liberal media were not so blinded by bias, supports his main premise with concrete examples of major decisions made for rather than by Obama, and supplies overwhelming evidence out of the mouths and pens of those who are most enraged by his ability to recognize a would be Emperor with no clothes (or leadership skills) who was selected an groomed for the roll of per ...more
Aug 03, 2013 David rated it it was ok
relentlessly negative review of Obama's leadership and decision-making, focusing on several big issues (health care reform, hunt for bin Laden, not firing Eric Holder after Fast and Furious debacle, budget/debt-ceiling/fiscal cliff negotiations).

Main bill of particulars included that he lets Valerie Jarrett influence him too much, that he gives up too easily if he doesn't get his way, that he shifts blame and hogs credit, and that he doesn't negotiate in good faith with Republicans in Congress.
Dec 30, 2012 Socraticgadfly rated it did not like it
Cheap knockoff of Ron Susskind's in-depth, and realistic, book about Obama and his leadership abilities.

Miniter manages to appear relatively non-breathless compared to harder wingnuts, whether of tea party type on domestic affairs or neocons on Israel, but, that's not even close to rocket science.

Arguably, he does have some good insights about Pelosi on national health care, and a few about Valerie Jarrett as Obama's muse, but he's not the first to note either of those. As for Obama's relative p
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 02, 2015 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: political, leadership
The author provides an analysis of the leadership style of President Barrack Obama during his first four years as president. Questions are raised about who actually makes decisions and gives the political background of the president and some of his key advisors. Whatever you feel about the man, the book is an informative read about the man's politics.
Oct 21, 2012 Marge rated it it was amazing
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The author has done an intense study of Obama through public documents and interviews with hundreds of people who have dealt with Obama. Our reclusive leader doesn't seem to lead outrightly. He walks out of meetings when things don't go his way, he has never been a committee chair, a division or school dean, a president of a club but a member of these things. That was interesting to me---he is now the leader of our country. He also has very few advisors - all from Chicago
He has taken credit for
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