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The Price of Politics

The Price of Politics

Написано Bob Woodward

Озвучено Boyd Gaines


The Price of Politics

Написано Bob Woodward

Озвучено Boyd Gaines

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Издано:
11 сент. 2012 г.
ISBN:
9781442353305
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Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. Drawn from memos, contemporaneous meeting notes, emails, and in-depth interviews with the central players, The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy and how and why we got there. Providing verbatim, day-by-day, even hour-by-hour accounts, the book shows what really happened, what drove the debates, negotiations, and struggles that define, and will continue to define, the American future.
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Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post where he has worked for 50 years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his Watergate coverage and the other for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored 20 national bestselling books, 14 of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers.


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  • (3/5)
    The book is well written and researched which you would expect from this author. The author does a convincing job of demonstrating the politics and lack of functioning in Washington and nothing like a crisis, the debt ceiling debate, brings out the worst in politics and politicians. The lack of cohesiveness and teamwork in Washington will make many readers sick. I thought the author did a good job at being objective in the writing of the book. I did not feel he leaned one way or the other, politically speaking. He made both sides of the aisle look bad. I expected him to paint the story with a liberal brush. One thumb up.
  • (3/5)
    the behind the scenes of politics which does not make it any more palatable
  • (4/5)
    A typically Woodwardesque account of the 2011 fight over the debt limit and the budget which resulted in the "supercommittee." Reading this just after the fiscal cliff fight and just before the next debt limit fight, I was struck (and depressed) by the "Groundhog Day" scenario that seems to be continuing to play out over and over again in these political battles: we seem to be just getting the same kabuki dance every time, and that's a great disservice to the country.Nobody comes out looking particularly good from this account, although I think it's clear that the president and his team were much more invested in and willing to make a large-scale compromise on tax and budgetary policy than the congressional Republicans, who simply come across as reflexively anti-revenue ideologues, willing to take the country to the brink of economic collapse and balance the budget on the backs of the very poor in order to protect the interests of the extremely wealthy. I wish Woodward had been able to add to the discussion the perspective of some of the hardliners in the House (other than Cantor), since it was that bunch who very nearly kept a deal from happening at all, and who are, as we've seen since, largely responsible for ensuring that pretty much nothing gets done (unless Boehner goes around them as with the fiscal cliff fight, which may be the best possible solution for future debates over the debt limit and other such things).Like Woodward's other books, a basic tick-tock, offering different participants' own versions of events and filled with little insidery details.