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In Showdown, the veteran political journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Corn goes behind the scenes at the White House to recount the dramatic tale of the pivotal period of the Obama presidency, from the game-changing 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the critical 2012 campaign seasona tumultuous time that tested the president as never before and set the stage for a titanic clash over the future of the nation.
Drawing on interviews with White House officials, Obama's inner circle, members of Congress, and others, Corn takes the reader into the Oval Office and the back rooms of Congress for a fast-paced account of the major events and captures the dilemmas faced by a president assailed by disappointed progressives and defiantly obstructionist Republicans determined to see his defeat.
The book offers revelations and an enlightening look at the turbulent American political scene during one of the most consequential moments of the nation's history; it explains the fascinating and complicated leader at the heart of this vortex, Barack Obama.
“A great book - the real inside story. If you want to understand the Obama White House and how Washington works, you have to read it.”
“Best account yet of how Obama strategizes.”
-Jefferson Morley, Salon.com
“A dramatic behind-the-scenes account of the decision making that occured within the Obama White House following the disastrous-for-Democrats 2010 midterm election... shows how Obama got his groove back in time for the 2012 campaign.”
“Through the lens of policy battles, you get a remarkably vivid pen portrait of Obama himself and how he thinks.”
-Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
“Fine book about how the Obama administration maneuvered to it’s advantage in the face of the catastrophic loses of the 2010 midterm elections.”
-Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
“Why did Obama and Democrats pivot so hard towards deficit reductions, and away from job creation after the 2010 elections? We now have a book that sheds some fresh light on what drove this pivot. ... Corn reports on a number of behind the scene discussions...illuminating.”
-Greg Sargent, the Washington Post
“ Showdown focuses on key moments of Obama’s presidency.”
-Mackenzie Weinger, Politico.com
“Insta-history of Obama... good.”
-David Weigel, Slate.com
“Showdown chronicles the administration over the past two years.”
“Veteran Washington journalist Corn highlights the Obama presidency’s most important and dramatic events ... the book brings a different perspective just as Obama fights for re-election.”