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Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

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The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. But in August 2007, that confidence finally began to crumble.

In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, Ron Suskind tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility." It is a story that follows the journey of Barack Obama, who rose as the country fell, offering the first full portrait of his tumultuous presidency.

Review:

"A truly groundbreaking inside account....Penetrating in its analysis of why the administration's approach to the country's economic ills has been so lackluster....An important addition to the growing library of books about this president." Joe Nocera, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Suskind's account of the Obama administration is a marker of our times. It reveals a President unable to perform responsibly the duties of his high office....Suskind's contribution to this tale of woe is to give us a fine grained picture of Obama's passive place in deliberations." The Huffington Post

Review:

"No book about the Obama presidency appears to have unnerved the White House quite so much as Confidence Men by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has developed a niche in the specialized art of parting the curtain on presidential dealings." The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"The work that went into Confidence Men cannot be denied. Suskind conducted hundreds of interviews. He spoke to almost every member of the Obama administration, including the President. He quotes memos no one else has published. He gives you scenes that no one else has managed to capture." Ezra Klein, The New York Review of Books

Review:

"The book of the week, maybe the book of the month, is Ron Suskind's Confidence Men....A detailed narrative of the Administration's response-sometimes frantic, sometimes sluggish, sometimes both-to the financial and economic catastrophe it inherited, as experienced from the inside." Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

Review:

"My Book of the Year. A narrative tour de force....Journalism like this is all too rare in an age in which reporters trade their critical faculties for access. And it's even rarer that skeptical reporting is turned into something lasting." David Granger, Esquire

Review:

"This inside account of the Obama economic team contains enough damning on-the-record quotes to give it the ring of truth despite White House efforts to discredit the narrative of infighting and missed opportunities. Read it and weep. It reminds me of the post-Iraq invasion books that documented a similar failure to rise to the enormity of the problem, whether the insurgency was in Iraq or on Wall Street." Eleanor Clift, Newsweek

Review:

"Savvy and informative....The most ambitious treatment of this period yet....Suskind's book often reads like Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest. But the quagmire isn't a neo-Vietnam like Afghanistan — it's the economy." Frank Rich, New York magazine

Review:

"A searing new book....Suskind has a flair for taking material he's harvested to create narratives with a novelistic sense of drama." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Synopsis:

Acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, author of the New York Times bestselling The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, and The Price of Loyalty, gives an explosive inside account of an Obama White House overwhelmed by the global financial crisis — and the political and economic consequences still being felt today. Readers of Michael Lewis’s The Big Short, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change, and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail will be riveted by Suskind’s illuminating, in-depth investigation of the financial meltdown. Rooted in hundreds of hours of interviews with key members of the Obama administration, including the President himself, Suskind’s exposé offers an eyewitness account of the most momentous events in the history of global finance.

About the Author

Ron Suskind is the author of The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, and A Hope in the Unseen. From 1993 to 2000 he was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061430466
Subtitle:
Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President
Author:
Suskind, Ron
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 2056 in 14.93 oz

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Product details 528 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061430466 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A truly groundbreaking inside account....Penetrating in its analysis of why the administration's approach to the country's economic ills has been so lackluster....An important addition to the growing library of books about this president."
"Review" by , "Suskind's account of the Obama administration is a marker of our times. It reveals a President unable to perform responsibly the duties of his high office....Suskind's contribution to this tale of woe is to give us a fine grained picture of Obama's passive place in deliberations."
"Review" by , "No book about the Obama presidency appears to have unnerved the White House quite so much as Confidence Men by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has developed a niche in the specialized art of parting the curtain on presidential dealings."
"Review" by , "The work that went into Confidence Men cannot be denied. Suskind conducted hundreds of interviews. He spoke to almost every member of the Obama administration, including the President. He quotes memos no one else has published. He gives you scenes that no one else has managed to capture."
"Review" by , "The book of the week, maybe the book of the month, is Ron Suskind's Confidence Men....A detailed narrative of the Administration's response-sometimes frantic, sometimes sluggish, sometimes both-to the financial and economic catastrophe it inherited, as experienced from the inside."
"Review" by , "My Book of the Year. A narrative tour de force....Journalism like this is all too rare in an age in which reporters trade their critical faculties for access. And it's even rarer that skeptical reporting is turned into something lasting."
"Review" by , "This inside account of the Obama economic team contains enough damning on-the-record quotes to give it the ring of truth despite White House efforts to discredit the narrative of infighting and missed opportunities. Read it and weep. It reminds me of the post-Iraq invasion books that documented a similar failure to rise to the enormity of the problem, whether the insurgency was in Iraq or on Wall Street."
"Review" by , "Savvy and informative....The most ambitious treatment of this period yet....Suskind's book often reads like Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest. But the quagmire isn't a neo-Vietnam like Afghanistan — it's the economy."
"Review" by , "A searing new book....Suskind has a flair for taking material he's harvested to create narratives with a novelistic sense of drama."
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, author of the New York Times bestselling The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, and The Price of Loyalty, gives an explosive inside account of an Obama White House overwhelmed by the global financial crisis — and the political and economic consequences still being felt today. Readers of Michael Lewis’s The Big Short, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change, and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail will be riveted by Suskind’s illuminating, in-depth investigation of the financial meltdown. Rooted in hundreds of hours of interviews with key members of the Obama administration, including the President himself, Suskind’s exposé offers an eyewitness account of the most momentous events in the history of global finance.
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