The Obama administration has largely accomplished the goals it set out for itself and, barring an unlikely and unforeseen reversal, will be judged a historic-if not unmitigated-success, a highly effective and consequential administration that has governed honestly and changed America in enduring ways.
Against a left that frequently disdained him as a sell-out, and a right that hysterically decried him as both anti- and un-American, Obama has redefined and commanded the vital centre.
Walking us through major policy fronts-economics, environment, domestic reform, health care, race, foreign policy, and civil rights-Chait captures not only how Obama's agenda has transformed the face of government, but also the larger imprint his presidency will leave behind on American life. The book is not a hagiography: like all presidents, Obama has had failures, particularly regarding foreign policy. But to an astonishing extent, President Obama has accomplished what candidate Obama said he would, despite tremendous opposition.
Published just after the election that will determine Obama's successor, Chait's book is perfectly timed to ride a predictable wave of nostalgia among Obama supporters. But the book and its argument will live long after November, and Chait's book will be central to the growing recognition of Barack Obama's magnificent accomplishments.
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Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. -Kirkus Reviews