EVERY MORNING BARACK OBAMA RECEIVES INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS ON THE PERILOUS STATE OF THE WORLD. HERE'S YOURS.
A year into his presidency Barack Obama is still confronted with many of the problems he inherited from the Bush administration: a rising casualty rate and a deepening conflict in Afghanistan; an Iran whose secret facilities point towards a rapid drive for the bomb; a rising China and a resurgent Russia.
Here, in The Inheritance, David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, takes us through the final years of a Bush administration that spent its time distracted with managing a war gone bad in Iraq. And whilst Washington looked away, the rest of the world moved on: North Korea obtained the fuel for eight bombs; China exploited the moment to buy up oil and influence around the world; and then came a global economic crisis of huge proportions. In this updated edition, Sanger evaluates how Obama has handled these complex and terrifying challenges in his first year - and what lies ahead.show more