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Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
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Dec 27, 12

Read in January, 2012

Suskind tells a narrative of Obama as a man who got duped by glib tongues (Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, and Rahm Emmanuel). For anyone interested in getting a fairly nonpartisan view of Obama's first term, or anyone interested a good account of the 2007-08 financial crisis, I'd recommend Confidence Men. Any book with a villain as interestingly despicable as Larry Summers can't be half bad, right?

I'm left wondering why Suskind hasn't written more about Wall Street. He understands as well as anyone I've read that what happens on Wall Street is insanely corrupt, but he doesn't seem to be at the forefront in op-eds and interviews currently fighting it. Anyone who can explain this stuff as well as he can should be calling loudly for real reform.

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