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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I miss Molly Ivins.

Molly Ivins was an absolute treasure and her with and wisdom sparkle to this day.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-13

An excellent book on Obama's foreign policy

This book does for Obama's foreign policy what Jeffrey Toobin's "The Oath" does for the Supreme Court under the Obama administration. It provides a contextualized account of not only the final decisions of the White House, and not only of the internal deliberations and disagreements between key players leading to those decisions, but also the historical context from which those arguments arose.

For example: The author, in discussing the range of foreign policy views, spends a few paragraphs to walk the listener through the history of how Vietnam effected the views of the Democratic party, what the role of decision makers has been in those arguments, and how those arguments effected the internal deliberations of the White House.

The book effectively brings the reader through the first 3 1/2 years or so of the Obama White House, including every major foreign policy event that occurred in that time. This is one of the gems that future historians will find invaluable in building a history of the Obama White House. An excellent read.

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