Yesterday Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars, which comes out next Monday, overtook both local Washington and national press. A story of the book’s release and the finger it points at various high-ranking officials ran as the main headline above the fold in The Washington Post, and later served as key topic of debate on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
Never one to shy away from controversial reporting, Woodward’s career exploded after he—along with Carl Bernstein—exposed Nixon and the subsequently named Watergate Scandal. In his newest book, Woodward goes behind the press curtain and exposes the inner workings of the President’s strategy to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops back home, a promise he made during his campaign back in 2008. With his self-imposed deadline approaching, the pressure on Obama’s staff of advisers to come up with a plan that satisfies the Commander-in-Chief builds, and possibly boils over.
Woodward interviewed the key players in the trials and tribulations or our current government including the President himself for the book, which has just begun its rise as a topic of everyday conversation—at least throughout the book world and here in Washington. The question as to whether the book, or its protagonist (aka President Obama), will garner more esteem or criticism remains to be seen.
And so I pose this question: Will you be purchasing the book come Monday?