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

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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 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 from a nuclear Iran to the lock up of Chinese oil supplies in Africa.

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Dazzling and mordantly hilarious....The product of extraordinarily diligent reporting....A Woodwardian trove of inside dope....Devastatingly effective.

--The New York Times

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

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

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

From the Hardcover edition.

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.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1. Iran : the Mullahs' Manhattan Project. Decoding Project 111 — Regime-change fantasies — Ahmadinejad's monologue — The Israel option — Pt. 2. Afghanistan : how the good war went bad. The Marshall plan that wasn't — The other "mission accomplished" — Pt. 3. Pakistan : "how do you invade an ally?" Secrets of Chaklala Cantonment — Crossing the line — Pt. 4. North Korea : the nuclear renegade that got away. Kim Jong-Il 8, Bush 0 — Cheney's lost war — "Everything is Appomattox — Pt. 5. China : new torch, old dragons. Generation Lenovo — The puncture strategy --Pt. 6. The three vulnerabilities. Deterrence 2.0 — The invisible attack — Dark angel — Obama's challenge.

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samcool, January 24, 2009 (view all comments by samcool)
It shows the dilemma of the US agencies.As their own tax payers' money is fueling war against them.And US is still providing aids to Pak,which it either uses against India or to the Swiss bank.As their is not a single state in Pakistan and the actual power lies with the ISI.US 'll continue to face problem to eradicate terrorism.If US wants to end terrorism then it has to target not only Pakistan but also keep an eye on UAE,Malaysia,Afro-Muslim, and US itself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307451675
Subtitle:
The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power
Publisher:
Harmony Books
Author:
David E. Sanger
Author:
David E. Sanger
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:
Politics | International Studies
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
General Social Science
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Publication Date:
20090113
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
498

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"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 from a nuclear Iran to the lock up of Chinese oil supplies in Africa.
"Synopsis" by , Dazzling and mordantly hilarious....The product of extraordinarily diligent reporting....A Woodwardian trove of inside dope....Devastatingly effective.

--The New York Times

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

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

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

From the Hardcover edition.

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