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January 15, 2009--The Center for a New American Security was pleased to host a book launch of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, by David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent of The New York Times. With a historian's sweep, the unparalleled access of a New York Times White House correspondent and an ability to explain complex dilemmas in a gripping narrative, Sanger will take us on a breathtaking tour of the hardest problems awaiting President-elect Obama on Inauguration Day.
With startling new revelations, he describes the debates inside the Bush White House over the Iranian nuclear program, the failed efforts to stop Pakistan from playing both sides of the war on terror, the unfulfilled promises made to Afghanistan and the skill with which North Korea exploited our distraction in Iraq to build a substantial nuclear arsenal. Readers are taken inside Pakistan's nuclear program, into the industrial centers where hi-tech China runs headlong into historical sensitivities about "splittists," and into the Situation Room deliberations where the Bush administration struggled to undo the mistakes of its first term. At once a secret history of our foreign policy misadventures and an exploration of the opportunities ahead, this is the book that will define the global challenges the new president faces.
Michael R. Beschloss
Best-selling Author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How they Changed America, 1789-1989 and NBC News' Presidential Historian
David E. Sanger
Chief Washington Correspondent of The New York Times and former Senior Writer in Residence at the Center for a New American Security