In “The Price of Politics,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward details how President Obama and congressional Republicans failed in a bid to craft a comprehensive plan to control the deficit and put the economy on a more stable course. The book aims to cover the three-and-a-half-year period from just before Obama’s 2009 inauguration through the middle of last year, but the centerpiece follows last summer’s rancorous, 11th-hour face-off over raising the federal debt ceiling to avoid a catastrophic default.
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