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Confidence Men
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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 concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles opened a path to stunning profits. Obama's determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. The new president surrounded himself with seasoned players who had served a different president. As the nation's crises deepened, Obama's deputies often ignored his decisions while they fought to control a rudderless White House. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as Obama struggled to grow into the world's toughest job and control his administration. Based on hundreds of interviews and filled with piercing insights and startling disclosures, Confidence Men brings into focus the collusion and conflict between the nation's two capitals in defining confidence and charting America's future.

The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles opened a path to stunning profits. Obama's determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. The new president surrounded himself with seasoned players who had served a different president. As the nation's crises deepened, Obama's deputies often ignored his decisions while they fought to control a rudderless White House. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as Obama struggled to grow into the world's toughest job and control his administration. Based on hundreds of interviews and filled with piercing insights and startling disclosures, Confidence Men brings into focus the collusion and conflict between the nation's two capitals in defining confidence and charting America's future.

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  • 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.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Suskind's several hundred hours of interviews with past and present Obama staff, as well as the president himself, helped create this exhaustive examination of the countervailing forces of the financial sector and the U.S. government. James Lurie's relentless narration is gravelly, masculine, and capable, though his measured pace is monotonous and lacks any vocal characterization. Emphasis is placed on evaluating strategies, both those considered and those employed by the new president, along with his team, in handling the meltdown of the financial sector and the ensuing downturned economy. While the writing is articulate and polished, at moments the book reads like a spy novel--particularly as Lurie tantalizingly whispers the suspenseful content into one's earbuds. Sadly, considering the exhaustive content, the narration style doesn't work to focus the listener. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  • The Daily Beast, "The Must-Read Books of Fall" "...likely to deliver fascinating revelations and a hard look at Obama's leadership."
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