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‘The Price of Politics’ by Bob Woodward

In “The Price of Politics,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward sets as his goal an examination of how President Obama and congressional Republicans failed in a bid to craft a comprehensive plan to control the US deficit and put the economy on a more stable course.

The book aims to cover the 3½-year period from just before Obama’s 2009 inauguration through the middle of last year, but the centerpiece — and the lion’s share of Woodward's reportage — follows last summer’s rancorous, 11th-hour face-off over raising the federal debt ceiling to avoid a catastrophic default.

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