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When Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a new group of foreign policy advisors intent on carving out a new global role for America in the wake of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq. Now the acclaimed author of Rise of the Vulcans offers a definitive, even-handed account of the messier realities they’ve faced in implementing their policies.
In The Obamians, acclaimed author James Mann tells the compelling story of the administration’s struggle to enact a coherent and effective set of policies in a time of global turmoil. At the heart of this struggle are the generational conflicts between the Democratic establishment - including Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Joseph Biden - and Obama and his inner circle of largely unknown, remarkably youthful advisors, who came of age after the Cold War had ended.
Written by a proven master at elucidating political underpinnings, even to the politicians themselves, The Obamians is a pivotal reckoning of this historic president and his inner circle and of how their policies may or may not continue to shape America and the world.
James Mann, previously Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, is author-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of Rise of the Vulcans, About Face, and Beijing Jeep.
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By Joshua on 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.