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Book review: 'Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him' authored by Richard Miniter
The book "Leading from Behind" explores and analyzes US President Obama's qualities and competencies as a political leader and visionary. It discloses both Obama's successes and failures based on exclusive interviews and inside stories. The book seem to be one of the most authentic analytical accounts and insightful portrayals of Obama's performance in depth as the first black president of the US.
The book at places describes Obama as indecisive, moody, and reluctant political leader. His successes and shortfalls during his tenure as the President of the most powerful nation of the world have been influenced by strong women in his cabinet, advisers and family confidante leading to conflicts with veteran political insiders, reveals the book.

Authored by Richard Miniter, the noted former investigative journalist of New York Times, the book 'Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him' gives an analytical account of Obama presidency and his personage.

The book published by New York-based St. Martin's Press, describes various important decisions taken by Obama as the president of the US and their aftermath. The author paints Obama as the most left-leaning and socialistic president of the US. The style of the book has an absorbing popular narrative to make it a sought-after document.

As far as Obama as a person is concerned, Miniter describes him as a 'most mysterious manager', 'aloof, distant and private person' and one with 'solitary work style'. With the ensuing US presidential election in November this year, the book has been lapped up by the readers.

The book spread in about 300 pages, has seven chapters revolving around the most important issues faced by Obama as the president of the country.

Many of the conclusions drawn from various events described in the book, Obama as the US president has been painted as indecisive and moody at times. This has been revealed in the last chapter of the book 'What kind of leader is Obama?'

According to the book, a colonel in the Pakistan's spy agency ISI had assisted the CIA in tracing Osama bin Laden and its eventual killing. In its chapter 'Killing bin Laden Loudly' it has been indicated that Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was probably briefed about the US Navy SEAL's operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

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