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The Promise by Jonathan Alter
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Jan 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history-politics, politics, biography
Read from December 20, 2011 to January 02, 2012

Though relatively easy to read in its syntax, The Promise: President Obama, Year One is most certainly a dense book. If you have no interest in politics and simply want to read more about Obama and his life, then I recommend staying far away from this one. Read Barack Obama's own books for those topics. Instead of an autobiography, The Promise dives right into its analysis of President Obama's first year in office without any extensive introduction. There is no story building nor history of the President, but simply political analysis layered thickly over 450 pages.

All of this is not a bad thing, however. The Promise digs deep into its details, painting a clear picture of various events (wars, health care, education, cabinet members, world catastrophes, etc). If only there was an effective summary of the content that is within the book's pages, as it lists the many successes of Obama's inaugural year (let alone what has followed). President Obama is a very hands-on President but he makes a lot of behind the scene decisions as he doesn't like to flaunt his handiwork. This has reflected poorly on him in the media, who incorrectly suggest the President has not achieved much yet. Instead, the naysayers should be reading this book and understand why America is on pace to be a much better country to live in (and a better global partner to work with) than before.

Again, if you are looking for a biography on Barack Obama, pick up one of his own books instead. But if you are willing to soak in 450 pages of pure political dialog, then check out The Promise. It is well researched and written, communicating clearly why Obama is exactly the President the United States needs in office at this time.

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