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Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Worth reading for history, but poor fact checking, liberal bias throughout

    Susskind does an in-depth reporting of the current administration's policy steps and missteps. It certainly details the "inside baseball" aspects of policy-making, and the dangers of having a chief executive without executive experience. For those details, it is (barely) worth reading. However, Susskind portrays the administration's failings as largely a failure to execute on priorities in major policy sectors (health care, financial reform, stimulus). But he accepts the priorities as worthy without examination. For example, he would have increased the use of evidence-based medicine in the health care bill, but without any skepticism that such a program depends as much on implementation as concept--the idea that government can function as a major force for cost-control is left unquestioned.
    The lack of fact-checking is well-documented in other reviews...I can only add that I was amused by his misstatements about Enron, and the role and functions of the derivatives markets. Simplistic and ill-informed, to put it mildly.
    If you believe that government is about "the greatest good for the greatest number", as Susskind does, and that the major failing of this administration is to implement more spending programs and centrally planned regulatory schemes--this is the book for you. If you're skeptical of big government, believe that government exists to safeguard individual rights and provide basic infrastructure, and aware of the central role of government policy in the current fiscal and monetary crisis, you might want to keep looking.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Don't bother!

    I was expecting some kind of balanced view of "Inside the White House" but found just the usual liberal bias. That is, as far as I read---I quit reading it about 1/3 of the way through because I found it so boring.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 25, 2011

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