Sep 19, 2011 @ 1:23:00 pm
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner with President Obama
Landing at the same time as a White House plan to trim $3 billion from the deficit is a new exposé that purports to explain why, for the past three years, passing these kinds of policy proposals has been nearly impossible. Confidence Men, Ron Suskind’s 500-plus-page look at the infighting and palace intrigue behind the Obama White House, has quickly become what Daniel Yergin in our Fall issue calls a “Washington Read”—a book adopted by the inside-the-beltway crowd that’s generally more discussed than read. Judging by the recent explosion of media attention for Suskind, however, he seems to have found plenty of readers.
“Book portrays dysfunction in the Obama White House,” read last week’s Washington Post headline, while reviewing the book in today's New York Times, Michiko Kakutani describes Obama as an “oddly
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