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Confidence Men

Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

An explosive inside account of an Obama White House overwhelmed by the global financial crisis.

By Ron Suskind Read by James Lurie Business & Investing / Nonfiction / Politics English, Unabridged 23h 6m Sell Sheet Also available on
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17 Audio CDs September 20, 2011 $29.99 $29.99 9781611204223 Add to Cart
							In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind tells for the first time the full story of America's financial meltdown and an untested new president charged with commanding Washington, taming Wall Street, rescuing an economy on the verge of collapse, and restoring the confidence of a shaken nation. Suskind moves from the frenzied trading floors of lower Manhattan to the power corridors inside the Beltway and introduces a larger than life cast of politicians and advisors, titans of high finance, reformers, lobbyists, and others who faced a crisis unlike anything they had ever imagined. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews and exhaustive research, filled with piercing insight and startling disclosures, Confidence Men goes beyond the headlines and previous accounts, bringing into focus the unprecedented struggle between the nation's two capitals - New York and Washington, one of private gain, the other of public purpose - that continues to divide and roil America.

One of The Fix’s best political books of 2011. - The Washington Post

A top ten book of 2011. "Journalism like this is all too rare in an age in which reporters trade their critical faculties for access. And it's even rarer that skeptical reporting is turned into something lasting." - Esquire

Starred review. "...fascinating...Narrator James Lurie offers a resonant, steadily paced performance that conveys the seriousness of this substantial work." - Library Journal

Starred Review. "James Lurie is an excellent narrator, light and swift in a fast-moving, well-written narrative." -

"James Lurie's relentless narration is gravelly, masculine, and capable...the writing is articulate and polished, at moments the book reads like a spy novel..." - AudioFile

"...interesting...clear-eyed assessment of the passion of Obama, or what remains of it..." - Kirkus Reviews

"A searing new book...Suskind has a flair for taking material he's harvested to create narratives with a novelistic sense of drama." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A truly groundbreaking inside account...Penetrating in its analysis of why the administration's approach to the country’s economic ills has been so lackluster...An important addition to the growing library of books about this president." - Joe Nocera, The New York Times Book Review

"The White House says Suskind talked to too many disgruntled former staffers. But he seems to have talked to a lot of gruntled ones, too. The overarching portrait of chaos, lack of intellectual depth and absence of political wisdom, from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, rings true." - The Wall Street Journal

"Suskind is not calling Obama a confidence man here. Rather, he presents a president who is not up to the task of outmaneuvering a political and economic system that is packed full of confidence men." - Time

"This is wonkish stuff, but the you-are-there, personality-driven nature of Suskind's writing is compelling." - Bethany McLean, The Washington Post

"No book about the Obama presidency appears to have unnerved the White House quite so much as Confidence Men by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has developed a niche in the specialized art of parting the curtain on presidential dealings." - The Chicago Tribune

"A[n] authoritative window on the inner workings of the administration and a useful management primer on how not to run an organization...Confidence Men is crammed with interesting detail." - Fortune

"...a very even-handed book...Suskind gives us a rare, important look at how one of the most promise-laden presidencies greatly under-delivered in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." - eMusic

"Ron Suskind's book is...the one that makes the most sense...The shudder-inducing bits of Confidence Men come when the team is too optimistic about how its policies will play out. The confidence allows them to move on too quickly." - Slate

"The book paints a harsh, stark portrait of a president in over his head...Suskind makes a compelling case that Obama was able to win the election because he was talking to the right people." - The Daily Beast

"Suskind does a magnificent job explaining the way an economy centered on debt has decimated the middle class and made the top 1 percent of Americans impossibly wealthy...Suskind describes a leader pulled off course by his staff." - Joan Walsh, Salon

"Savvy and informative...The most ambitious treatment of this period yet...Suskind's book often reads like Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest. But the quagmire isn't a neo-Vietnam like Afghanistan - it’s the economy." - Frank Rich, New York