The Promise

The Promise

President Obama, Year One

Book - 2010
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Jonathan Alter, one of the country's most respected journalists and historians, uses his unique access to the White House to produce the first inside look at Obama's difficult debut. In Alter's telling, the real Obama is an authentic, demanding, unsentimental, and sometimes overconfident leader.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439101193
Characteristics: xviii, 458 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.

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Jul 04, 2011

Despite the rather unattractive photograph of President Obama on the cover, this book is excellent. Alongside well-deserved kudos of Obama’s performance in his first year as President, the author also details the administration’s errors and inadequacies.
The book clearly shows a man of brilliant intellect and incredible focus, with amazing managerial skills and a deep commitment to solving America's problems. Whereas Bush would meet with his economic advisors generally once a month, Obama meets with his on a daily basis. Whereas the Vietnam war and the Gulf war were entered into incrementally without a comprehensive review of the options, Obama organized an incredibly in-depth review of Afghanistan with a large number of participants including Cabinet officers, military personnel and other advisors. Starting from the beginning, they looked at long and short-term goals, response options, resources, and time-tables for departure. Then he made his decision to increase troops in Afghanistan. I have to believe he knows what he's doing.
This is the book to read that will allow you to respond knowledgeably to people who say they're disappointed in Obama's performance. In understandable lay-person's language, the book discusses everything from the Wall Street bailout to education reform to health reform and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also gives insight in Obama's personality and work habits. I am not disappointed in Obama. I am proud of America for putting such an extraordinary man in the Oval Office.

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