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The Promise: President Obama, Year One (utgåvan 2010)

av Jonathan Alter

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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.
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Titel:The Promise: President Obama, Year One
Författare:Jonathan Alter
Info:Simon & Schuster (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 480 pages
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An insightful and mostly unbiased look into President Obama's first year leading the country. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who wants an all-angles account of recent history, especially if they enjoy the occasional anecdote of life inside the White House. (Naturally, my favorite chapter was number ten - 'Rahmbo'.) ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Not a very good book Author Jonathan Alter takes a look back at the 1st year or so of President Obama's first term in office, from the election to the passage of health care reform (plus a look at 2010). What had the potential to be a fantastic overview of the first year turned out to be mostly dull. It is also clear the journalist is quite biased in favor of the Obama administration. Of which there's nothing wrong with that, since we are all human, but it made me wonder how much of this was the author merely wiping away true mistakes and missteps by the administration.
 
Although Alter does a good job in showing the human side of the President, the book meanders after a while from a chronological retelling to more of one that is thematic. I don't mind either format, but it was a little annoying to figure out exactly where were were in the timeline and I felt the author ran out of gas between the initial few months until the passage of healthcare reform.
 
As a book for comparison it is always interesting to see how different stories, people, events, etc. are viewed by different writers, people they interviewed, etc. However I felt there wasn't much that was new here (perhaps it was new at the time of the book's publication) and I didn't feel I really got much insight on the people in the book.
 
Perhaps it's a reflection of my own personal biases--I have more experience with the campaign side of it that the policy. But it was still quite a tedious read that was tough to get through. For historians it might be of interest but I'd take it with some salt and suggest reading other resources. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Insightful and informative look inside the first year of the Obama administrative. Best part was the look inside Obama's personality through how he deals with those in his inner circle to how he treats the American people. Extensive coverage of the economy, foreign policy and the health care bill. It took a while to read but was worth it!

Proud to have finished this a few hours before Father's Day because it was my father who introduced me to American politics (Aaron Sorkin did have a hand in it as well but Dad explained all the political insides that I didn't get). Happy Father's Day, Dad! ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
Excellent analysis of Obama's first year. The chapter treating his relationship with the military is especially well handled. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Oct 25, 2011 |
Very good book. Covers the Obama from the Sept 2008 to roughly March 2009.
Provides a nice inside view of Obama and his advisors. Easy read. ( )
  sangahn | Feb 25, 2011 |
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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.

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