The Obamians by James Mann
The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power

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Mann falls short, however, in elaborating on how the Obamians related Iraq’s lessons to Afghanistan. Why, for example, did they think victory was necessary, and possible, in Afghanistan and not Iraq?
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The definitive analysis of the events, ideas, personalities, and conflicts that have defined Obama’s foreign policy

When Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a new group of foreign policy advisers intent on carving out a new global role for America in the wake of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq. Now the acclaimed author of Rise of the Vulcans offers a definitive, even-handed account of the messier realities they’ve faced in implementing their policies.

In The Obamians, acclaimed author James Mann tells the compelling story of the administration’s struggle to enact a coherent and effective set of policies in a time of global turmoil. At the heart of this struggle are the generational conflicts between the Democratic establishment—including Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Joseph Biden—and Obama and his inner circle of largely unknown, remarkably youthful advisers, who came of age after the Cold War had ended.

Written by a proven master at elucidating political underpinnings even to the politicians themselves, The Obamians is a pivotal reckoning of this historic president and his inner circle, and of how their policies may or may not continue to shape America and the world.

 

About James Mann

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JAMES MANN, a former Washington reporter, columnist, and foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is author in residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of many books on global affairs and U.S. foreign policy.
 
Published June 14, 2012 by Penguin Books. 430 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Leslie H. Gelb on Jul 20 2012

Mann falls short, however, in elaborating on how the Obamians related Iraq’s lessons to Afghanistan. Why, for example, did they think victory was necessary, and possible, in Afghanistan and not Iraq?

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Excellent
Reviewed by Bob Drogin on Jul 31 2012

There are no great squabbles or juicy scandals here, but valuable insights of how foreign policy really is made. The result is an indispensable account of an unexplored realm deep in Obama's White House.

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