Say something about yourself!
While a little tedious at times, this account of Obama’s first 1000 days (give or take) provides insight into why this great orator, who offered a vision of a better America, is an ineffectual President. The extent to which Obama was both supported and advised by the same Wall Street players that got rich while helping to create the financial meltdown is both insightful and disturbing.
I was disappointed to not hear about the influence organized labor played with this President, but this is a story about Obama and Wall Street. The author has some good connections into the inner workings of the administration, but does not seem to have a grasp of how the failures of financial regulation caused the very problems they were supposed to prevent.
The story line gets lost a bit when the author tries to explain the financial meltdown in terms of evil bankers versus virtuous regulators. He meanders into long stories describing how bankers gave into their craving for wealth and power, setting in motion a series of events that almost destroyed the economy.
The story is much more complex than that, as is implied when Lawrence Summers warns Geithner to “never admit you were wrong”. As we all know, Summers was part of the administration that relaxed financial regulation a decade earlier.
I recently listened to bios on FDR, Truman, JFK. I will go out on a limb to say Obama shares FDR’s lack of understanding of what to do, but lacked his ability to give people confidence in what he was doing. Obama and Truman both came from political machines, but Truman did a great job addressing the challenges in the post-war period, while Obama worries about getting re-elected. After listening to “1961” and “Brilliant Disaster”, I conclude Obama and JFK are comparable in many ways – marvelous at campaigning, dismal at leading.
Ann T. O'Toole
The Impact of Hearing this brings the story Alive! That's Always the case for the difference between Print and Audio, for me. Since I am ~ gaining an advance in age ~ listening is gaining in virtue!
WHAT the President SAID To the BANK Bosses Behind Closed Doors!
The MAIN Point of This Book ~ For ME ~ was that the President Let Them OFF The Hook when they were Behind Closed Doors! I have had a Hard Time being as completely supportive of the president, since. The Only Escape Clause I can conjure up to justify this, on behalf of the president, is ~ they were the people he had to work with ~ in going forward ~ to Fix the Economy AFTER the Wreak the the Bush 43's administration ~ Left. In March of 2015 ~ it is a better economy, but human nature being what it IS ~ I Don't Think the Lessons they Should Have Gotten (think ~ 'woodshed') have been Learned. It Can Happen Again and IF or When It Does ~ We will WISH We Had the Opportunity ~ that the 'president' that is now 'set' ~ will prevent! I think the Book was Fine and actually preformed a patriotic service of letting Us Know What Happened. The president may have Had To Do what He Did ~ In His Own Mind ~ but I felt Let Down, which the message of the book revealed. Disappointed from that perspective. Personal Opinion, I suppose.
It is not based on any version of what or why the credit crisis occurred. Rather it is a fairy tale of events to try to promote corrupt politicians like Elizabeth Warren.
Never. It took a lot of effort to twist facts the way he did in this book. This author has a extreme left wing agenda.
This book never should have been created for Audible. Its bad enough it is in print. Find someone whose voice is inaudible.
There are too many to count. The whole premise of the book is wrong and uneducated.
I'm glad I listened, because it helped me understand a point of view that I didn't understand before. I read this book because it was recommended to me by a professional college with a very dark view of our country's economic future. I didn't realize the level of liberal bias from the author's view point prior to listening to the book. I figured it out pretty quick when Elizabeth Warren (Miss min. Wage should be $24 per hour) was characterized by the author as one of the most brilliant people on the face of the planet. I have a healthy skepticism about books like this that are written as a fly on the wall perspective on some of the most powerful people in the world. If you would like to understand why the far-left has been dissatisfied with Obama's first term this book is for you.
I have not, but I googled him halfway through listening and read some scathing opinions of the author that lead me to further distrust the validity of some of the quotes in the book. My problem with the author is he tries to give the impression that this is a hard hitting unbiased review of Obama's economic policy's but never really gets there. All the blame goes to Larry Somers and the harshest criticism of Obama is that he is too collegial and not Liberal enough.
Yes. It was a glimpse at what happens "behind the curtains"
Introduction to the players and what happened
The power plays going on
Very fascinating to have illuminated the intermingled workings of Washington and those greedy bastards on Wall Street. I thoroughly enjoyed this, even though it made my blood boil at times.It shows how Obama was subtly corralled by some in his cabinet, so they could save their banking friends from full blown popular disgrace....
No. He did a fine job with this...
I think "Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President" is very apropos.
Inside story on how the Greedy Bankers took us down the road of a great depression. We also find out that neither Dem’s nor Repub's didn’t help. Makes you want to hold the financial leaders for Treason. Terrorist are a threat, but these guys can do a lot more damage.. and faster!
No--Got too mad
Great book! I learned I didn't want to know what I now know
I would listen to this again. It reveals the weakness of our leaders.
You learn that you can't trust the Cabinet members. That Wall Street has infiltrated the Executive Branch of our government.
Lurie does an excellent naration.
I was looking for the story of government's dealings with the Wall street debacle of the last few years. Unfortunately, the author's bias ruined what could have been a fascinating story of greed and collusion. If you believe that Obama and the democrats can do no wrong, you will love this book. But if you are looking for an accounting of the actual events of 2007-2010 with the credit and blame falling where the events dictate - keep looking. Too bad.
If you follow politics then most of the information in this book isn't new. You get some somewhat interesting behind the scenes points of view, but barely worth the time spent on listening to the audiobook. I will admit, I haven't finished it yet. I'm only half way through and I find it a strugle to continue. I just feel like I am doing a review on some very recent history. This book may be very useful 50 years from now when people want to learn about this era, or for people that don't follow politics, but if you are like me, you will just be listening to info you already know. So it's a nice recap on recent events, but unless your memory is completely shot, I would look for another option.