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Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
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Apr 30, 2012

really liked it

I found Suskind's account of what went wrong at the beginning of the Obama presidency and the financial collapse to be highly readable and engrossing. The book champions the theory that Obama's advisers let the president down. Larry Summers is certainly the bad guy of the book, and it's hard not to loath him by the end. The book also tries to tease out the root attitude behind the personalities involved in the failure of Wall Street and the beginning of the Obama presidency. Confidence, or the need to always pretend to be confident, lies at the center of the problem. However, I found the theme loosely defined and explored. As an engrossing recount, the book succeeds. As a highly developed theory of the attitudinal problems of New York and Washington leadership, I found the book wanting.

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