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Obama's Wars - Bob Woodward

Review by Sidra Javed

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Obama’s Wars

Bob Woodward

The core of this Obama’s Wars was to supply of more than 100 people in the Afghanistan war. It is mainly for national security during the first 18 months of President Barack Obama administration. They try to preserve the language of main characters and sources as much as possible. Usually they use their own words during interviews. During his research he came across a top secret report which the administration didn’t wanted to publish. Although US law doesn’t restrict it. This is a stark contrast to us. We cannot even utter the name.


The main focus of Obama’s Wars remains on the Afghanistan war and Pakistan’s role. The Obama government started hand picking from the team that led this front. It shows the level of commitment. Interestingly there is no blame on the previous govt for the mess which it created. During the course extensive research and reports were generated, long meeting sessions were held to discuss and dissect every decision. Obama shower full commitment asking questions, considering options in looking for the best solution. He was a strong personality. He often went into public to reassuring them, right after coming out of a serious meeting.


They did everything to safeguard their people and interests in the most professional way. We have our own reservations and grievances. But when you look at it from their perspective, they did what they thought right. A very interesting feature of Obama’s Wars is at the back side print. “Reproduced for Services Book Club GHQ Rawalpindi”. While reading I was continuously wondering have ”they” actually read this book? In the book, they labelled Pakistan as the bigger problem than Afghanistan. They speak bluntly. Even they shun military for aiding and protecting these networks and playing a double game with the US. Apparently US was very much concerned about the collateral damage. But during such a meeting with Asif Ali Zardari he assured them that collateral damage doesn’t concern him much.


Obama’s Wars is written in a very engaging manner. The author tried to preserve the actual words of the participants hence giving it a very real and natural effect. The sequence of events is aligned carefully. If you like war movies or documentaries, you will enjoy reading it. Many things came to light which hurt. I definitely recommend this book.

Review by Sidra Javed

You can read Urdu review by Zainab Idrees Dar, خالی آسمان

About Sidra Javed

Sidra Javed is a home maker yet reading enthusiast. She loves reading different genres and likes to share her views with others, hoping this will inspire others to take up reading books. On the contrary she's interested in Calligraphy and Art too. She loves adding creativity and delicacy in food.

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