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Woodward's Obama book hits shelves today

The book only lands in stores today but it already feels like it's been around a while. The Washington Post and the New York Times have bashed out news stories revealing the meatier bits of its revelations, and the New York Times has rushed out a review after getting its hands on an embargoed copy.

Few books generate buzz like a new one from the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, and his latest "Obama's Wars" is no exception. Today The Washington Post publishes an excerpt from the book, which is destined to be another mega bestseller like Woodward's previous titles, among them: "Bush at War," "Plan of Attack," and "State of Denial."

Already Newsweek is speculating on the book's impact on Democrats in mid-term elections later this year. The British newspaper the Telegraph suggests that Woodward's tome will help turn Obama into a one-term president in the 2012 election.

Early reports on the book said it revealed that President Obama believes the United States could "absorb" another terrorist attack. Fox News jumped on the statement, quoting Liz Cheney, Dick Cheney's daughter and chairwoman of Keep America Safe, as saying the comment suggested "an alarming fatalism."

One thing is clear: Woodward's book turns up the heat on the political pot and, with the actual release of the book, the hot blather will come frothing over the top all the more.

By Steven E. Levingston  | September 27, 2010; 12:55 AM ET
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The funny thing is I'm pretty sure most of the people commenting on the book haven't actually read it. I've read all the published excerpts and picked up a copy last night(only had time to read the first two chapters, so far, a fascinating book).

But now it just becomes a race to see which side can spin the book to turn it into their version of reality. I really wish everybody would just read the book for themselves, but I know they probably won't. So far, my impression is that Obama is engaged and in control of an incredibly dificult situation. He appropriately pushed back against his military advisors, which, while a small thing, is something that never seemed to happen in the previous administration.

We'll see how it plays out, but people should read the book and form their own opinions, or else ignore any pundits that try to pull out of context quotes and use them to make partisan points.

Posted by: spacemonkeymafia | September 28, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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