Sanger has his sources and does an excellent job of uncovering the motivations and personal histories that set the stage for the administration's decisions over the last few years. Much more compelling than his preceding book The Inheritance. A great first pass at the Obama administration's foreign policy.
Sanger has some sources alright and he lays out a sound assessment of the major issues Obama was to face as he started his administration. This isn't masquerading as a dispassionate history but personally I believe David Sanger should have let the facts speak for themselves rather than take several jabs at the Bush administration throughout the book. Your a NY Times reporter we know you can't stand the Bush admin. Even though this book was aimed for consumption in the late 2008 time-frame, it is interesting to read it now and see where Obama has and hasn't diverged from the past admin. Overall a solid book that gives each issue its due voice.
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