By Ron Suskind
The hidden historical past of Wall highway and the White residence comes all the way down to a unmarried, robust, quintessentially American notion: self assurance. either facilities of energy, tapping brazen thoughts during the last 3 many years, discovered the right way to manufacture it.
Until August 2007, while that self assurance ultimately started to collapse.
In this gripping and brilliantly mentioned publication, Ron Suskind tells the tale of what occurred subsequent, as Wall road struggled to avoid wasting itself whereas a guy with little adventure and hovering rhetoric emerged from obscurity to herald “a new period of responsibility.” it's a tale that follows the adventure of Barack Obama, who rose because the nation fell, and gives the 1st complete portrait of his tumultuous presidency.
Wall highway chanced on that straying from long-standing ideas of transparency, responsibility, and reasonable dealing opened a route to wonderful gains. Obama’s decision to opposite that development used to be necessary to his ascendance, particularly while Wall road collapsed through the fall of an election yr and the 2 applicants might audition for the presidency by means of responding to a countrywide drawback. yet as he stood at the level in furnish Park, a shudder went via Barack Obama. He could now need to command Washington, tame long island, and rescue the financial system within the first actual administration task of his existence.
The new president surrounded himself with a staff of professional players—like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner—who had served a special president in a unique time. because the nation’s crises deepened, Obama’s deputies frequently overlooked the president’s decisions—“to guard him from himself”—while they fought to grab keep an eye on of a rudderless White condominium. sour disputes—between women and men, coverage and politics—ruled the day. the end result was once an management that discovered itself overtaken by way of occasions as, yr to yr, Obama struggled to develop into the world’s hardest task and, in desperation, take keep an eye on of his personal management.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind intro-duces readers to an ensemble forged, from the titans of excessive finance to a brand new new release of reformers, from petulant congressmen and acerbic lobbyists to a decent circle of White condominium advisers—and, finally, to the president himself, as you’ve by no means earlier than visible him. according to countless numbers of interviews and choked with piercing insights and startling disclosures, Confidence Men brings into concentration the collusion and clash among the nation’s capitals—New York and Washington, one in every of deepest achieve, the opposite of public purpose—in defining self belief and, thereby, charting America’s future.