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I think the Obama years will be judged very favorably by history, particularly compared to what came before and after. This book breaks down some of the complexity during that time and makes it easy to understand the motives of the actors involved - on both sides.
Mike Chamberlain narrated E.J.Dionne's book. In a review of that book I said that he sounds like Bob Costas to me. That struck me again this time. I usually will give no more than 4 stars for performance if a non-fiction contemporary work is not narrated by the author but I relented this time. The narration is very clear and I haven't heard Chait speak more than once or twice.
If you have a negative view of President Obama then you might think the author should have taken a harsher stance but I think this book is fairly balanced and maybe just a bit too critical. It is not a hagiography.
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This is an engrossing book; it helps put in perspective the 8 years of the Obama presidency. It starts with the premise that the election of the country's first African American president was a remarkable event which has had a significant and ongoing impact on our culture.
This book and its story of the Obama phenomenon genuinely helps one understand the Trump election as a natural result of the course of a nation still in denial about race.
The only complaint is the narrator -- his flat and deadpan delivery makes for hard listening.
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