Erickarlos Gutierrez's Reviews > The Promise: President Obama, Year One

The Promise by Jonathan Alter
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Oct 31, 13

Read on June 18, 2010

Alter gives a refreshingly insightful, and, at times sympathetic persepective of the Obama administration. The major themes of the book highlight Obama's modus operandus when it came to governance, policy, management, and leadership. It highlighted his suprising expertise at executive level management, and his equally surprising sub-par execution of all-things related to communication.

Alter provides a sharp contrast between the previous Presidents and our current President. This contrast includes comparisons of the Presidents' (chiefly the previous three, and, here and there, FDR), personalities, political prowess, executive and management skills, successes and failures, and intellectual understanding and communication of complex issues, as well as occasionally touching upon their philosophical differences.

Major policy-oriented topics are health care, the bail-outs, the wars (Iraq, Al-Qaeda, and the Global War on Terrorism), international relations, and some economics.

Politically-oriented discussions include the typical internal debates, battles, and bureaucratic happenings between the White House, Capitol Hill, federal agencies, etc.

--Erickarlos Gutierrez
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