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He Was Our Man in Washington: A History of the Obama Years Kindle Edition
He Was Our Man in Washington provides a detailed narrative of the years of the Obama administration gravitating around six key topics: the War on Terror, the Great Recession, marginal struggles, the Affordable Care Act, climate change, and Indigenous issues, that sit at the intersection of the other topics. Each chapter begins with a brief account of the historical context within which the Obama administration acted. The result is a fair-minded but highly critical interpretation of president Obama and his brand of "hope and change," grounded in a reality that goes beyond mere headlines.
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Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of New Mexico; Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine,University of Illinois; author and coordinator, Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health
Here is a comprehensively researched, well-argued, and balanced evaluation of Obama's presidency. Given the hostile caricatures promoted by the Trump regime and its spokespersons, Owen Symes has produced a valuable assessment of hopes and promises, strengths and failures of an important chapter in US history.
Richard D. Wolff,Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; coauthor of Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08XF986KK
- Publisher : Zero Books (April 30, 2021)
- Publication date : April 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 916 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 178904331X
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There is also an honest account of his infamous rhetorical style and the ways he was able to bring various groups into the fold with vague platitudes, setting the table for modern neoliberal politics. The discussion is fair above all else, presenting an honest Marxist analysis but not falling into lazy dialectical common on the left.
The history in this book is amazing, allowing us to see the America that dealt with slavery and other ills, how Obama thought he could fix the problems of a nation and its people---as well as the realities he faced.
As Symes writes in the book even with his accomplishments in some ways Obama fell short of even his own expectations as well as those who supported him. What we learn is that one man cannot change a system the way some might hope. Even the one holding the office of the presidency has their limits.
A fascinating look at the world that gave birth to the Obama Presidency and that which has followed, HE WAS OUR MAN IN WASHINGTON is an informative read.