Barack Obama with his defence secretary Robert Gates, who has been a vital bridge between the White House and the military
Obama’s Wars By Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, £20)
Obama’s Wars, the veteran US reporter Bob Woodward’s book on the Afghan conflict, has many flaws. It is overlong, repetitious, and lacks structure, leading some critics to dismiss it as a “notebook dump.” It is insular, mentioning the Afghans only in passing, and Britain and other allies hardly at all. It lacks any feel for the conflict itself, and Woodward has been mocked for writing about an overnight stay…
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