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Readers of The New York Times know David Sanger as one of the most trusted correspondents in Washington, one to whom presidents, secretaries of state, and foreign leaders talk with unusual candor. Now, with a historian's sweep and an insider's eye for telling detail, Sanger delivers an urgent intelligence briefing on the world America faces.

In a riveting narrative, The Inheritance describes the huge costs of distraction and lost opportunities at home and abroad as Iraq soaked up manpower, money, and intelligence capabilities. The 2008 market collapse further undermined American leadership, leaving the new president with a set of challenges unparalleled since Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the Oval Office.

Sanger takes readers into the White House Situation Room to reveal how Washington penetrated Tehran's nuclear secrets, leading President Bush, in his last year, to secretly step up covert actions in a desperate effort to delay an Iranian bomb. Meanwhile, his intelligence chiefs made repeated secret missions to Pakistan as they tried to stem a growing insurgency and cope with an ally who was also aiding the enemy — while receiving billions in American military aid. Now the new president faces critical choices: Is it better to learn to live with a nuclear Iran or risk overt or covert confrontation? Is it worth sending U.S. forces deep into Pakistani territory at the risk of undermining an unstable Pakistani government sitting on a nuclear arsenal? It is a race against time and against a new effort by Islamic extremists — never before disclosed — to quietly infiltrate Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.

"Bush wrote a lot of checks," one senior intelligence official told Sanger, "that the next president is going to have to cash."

The Inheritance takes readers to Afghanistan, where Bush never delivered on his promises for a Marshall Plan to rebuild the country, paving the way for the Taliban's return. It examines the chilling calculus of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, who built actual weapons of mass destruction in the same months that the Bush administration pursued phantoms in Iraq, then sold his nuclear technology in the Middle East in an operation the American intelligence apparatus missed. And it explores how China became one of the real winners of the Iraq war, using the past eight years to expand its influence in Asia, and lock up oil supplies in Africa while Washington was bogged down in the Middle East. Yet Sanger, a former foreign correspondent in Asia, sees enormous potential for the next administration to forge a partnership with Beijing on energy and the environment.

At once a secret history of our foreign policy misadventures and a lucid explanation of the opportunities they create, The Inheritance is vital reading for anyone trying to understand the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead.

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"The Inheritance reaffirms Thomas Jefferson's belief that for the American democracy to work there must be an informed citizenry. That means great reporting by great reporters is always required. David Sanger's book epitomizes the requirement. He goes through the world of challenges and opportunities that lie dead as well as ahead for the United States globally. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and China are on the list. So are matters nuclear and economic, among others. Sanger's telling is full of behind-the-door stories that read like Alan Furst spy novels. This is a superior work of journalism." Jim Lehrer, executive editior and anchor, The NewsHour

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"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 we have never heard in detail that will surprise and sometimes shock, yet he has framed it all in language 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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"Mr. Bush has taken to citing Harry S. Truman, implying that history will vindicate his legacy in Iraq and beyond. The Inheritance is a devastatingly effective pre-emptive strike against that." New York Times

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"One of the finest journalists of our time, David Sanger tells the surprising stories of crucial, heretofore-hidden events in Washington and around the globe that have culminated in the unprecedented world crisis that now faces us. For the incoming President and the rest of us, Sanger's important book provides both understanding and hope. The Inheritance should be essential reading." Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage

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"A brilliant 'tour d'horizon' of world trouble spots, world crises and world-class challenges....This volume has the title of a policy book but the air of a non-fiction page-turner, in the spirit and example of David Halberstam....Put the remote and the BlackBerry away, Mr. President, and start reading." David Shribman, Toronto Globe and Mail

Synopsis:

The chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times offers a riveting insider's account describing the national security crises that will confront America's next president.

About the Author

David E. Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. In twenty-six years at the Times, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for investigative, national security, and White House reporting. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons.

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mubasher686, February 17, 2009 (view all comments by mubasher686)
why so much crying about double standards and games? whats happening in Pak-Afghn is afterall a great intellignece game. what musharraf did under the circumstances was in the best interest of his country. why should he work for the US which under Bush refused to learn anything from histroy. The US would still do better if they understand that the 'super cat doesnt have to be a bully'. Its survival game..let ppl live while U guard Ur interests. The US would do better to learn from histroy and mother nature....its not the lion which always kills a hyena..A wise king would turn away from a loosing battle.However, what can not be allowed is the destabiling of Pakistan. So listen to what wise men like Gen Zini has already advised. Help Pakistan to fight TBs and defeat an unislamic barbaric movement which is using mongol tactics to subdue a great and innocent nation. If however Pak gets destabilize..it would be the end of everything.The modern civilization has to fight to defeat resurgence of barbarianism in Pakistan and that can be done only by helping Pakistan. Also, Obama administration would do better to curb growing Hindu extremeism in India which is adamant to target a weakened Pakistan not realizing that this mad rush would drown them alongwith the whole region and the world peace.
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arsched, February 16, 2009 (view all comments by arsched)
As far as Pakistan is concerned, David Sanger's book provides a detailed account of what was pr5eviously restricted to the drawing discussions and conspiracy theories discussed over cocktail by the elite in the know how of the state of affairs. With his access to power corridors in pakistan and the U.S, Mr Sanger highlights the dilemma for the Obama administration in dealing with Pakistan. And the dilemma which needs to be addressed is to tackle the iodeological frontiers of the battle against militancy. In addition to manpower and equipment needed to fight terrorism, what is equally important is the need for the government authorities to clearly define the contours of the ideological frontiers of its battle against militancy. The biggest problem for the field commanders of Pakistan's military is to convince their soldiers that they are fighting an infidel enemy, which in this case surprisingly belongs to the same religion and uses the same ideological motivational techniques, but for perverted reasons of preparing suicide bombers and militants.
As the regular Pakistani army soldiers continue to do their duties and even lay down their lives in the harshest of conditions and terrains, many watchers of the military actions in Swat and tribal areas are now questioning why the main local militant leaders like Baitullah Mehsud, Mullah Fazlullah, Maulvi Umer, Qari Zia-ur-Rehman have managed to avoid arrest for such a long time? Is it failure of human intelligence on the ground? Or a failure of the same agencies which claimed many a success in toppling democratic governments but when it comes to neutralizing militant leadership they fail to deliver against their old proxies who have now become Frankenstein monsters?
Senior Pakistan army officers say that during the days of General Musharraf, when the incumbent Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani was the DG ISI and now under Lt General Shuja Pasha, the military spy agency has been purged of officers who were sympathetic to a jihadi ideology. But still, how effectively the ISI can come to the rescue of regular army troops fighting militancy in Pakistan's own backyard is yet to be effectively seen. With every single Pakistani soldier dying in the tribal areas, Swat or every bombing or suicide bombing, the government has to make the intelligence agencies accountable. Unless heads start to roll in the intelligence set-up for each failure and each precious live lost due to militant activity anywhere in Pakistan, state of affairs is unlikely to improve as quickly as required. David Sanger's book in its Chapter 8 provides an account of how the double game has been played. A must read for anyone wanting to know what is happening in the troubled hotspots of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307407924
Subtitle:
The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power
Author:
David E. Sanger
Author:
Sanger, David
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
History
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
General Social Science
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090113
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.6 x 1.8 in 1.75 lb

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"Review" by , "The Inheritance reaffirms Thomas Jefferson's belief that for the American democracy to work there must be an informed citizenry. That means great reporting by great reporters is always required. David Sanger's book epitomizes the requirement. He goes through the world of challenges and opportunities that lie dead as well as ahead for the United States globally. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and China are on the list. So are matters nuclear and economic, among others. Sanger's telling is full of behind-the-door stories that read like Alan Furst spy novels. This is a superior work of journalism."
"Review" by , "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 we have never heard in detail that will surprise and sometimes shock, yet he has framed it all in language the specialist will appreciate and the layman can understand. One of the most important books of the year.&"
"Review" by , "Mr. Bush has taken to citing Harry S. Truman, implying that history will vindicate his legacy in Iraq and beyond. The Inheritance is a devastatingly effective pre-emptive strike against that."
"Review" by , "One of the finest journalists of our time, David Sanger tells the surprising stories of crucial, heretofore-hidden events in Washington and around the globe that have culminated in the unprecedented world crisis that now faces us. For the incoming President and the rest of us, Sanger's important book provides both understanding and hope. The Inheritance should be essential reading."
"Review" by , "A brilliant 'tour d'horizon' of world trouble spots, world crises and world-class challenges....This volume has the title of a policy book but the air of a non-fiction page-turner, in the spirit and example of David Halberstam....Put the remote and the BlackBerry away, Mr. President, and start reading."
"Synopsis" by , The chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times offers a riveting insider's account describing the national security crises that will confront America's next president.
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