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October 02, 2011


The White House That Couldn't

Despite its faults, Joe Nocera says Ron Suskind's Confidence Men is "tough-minded in its assessment of the men (and they were all men) whose advice the president listened to when he first took office; penetrating in its analysis of why the administration's approach to the country's economic ills has been so lackluster; and ruthless in its judgment of Barack Obama himself, who Suskind bluntly says 'wasn't ready' to be president, so deficient in even the most rudimentary leadership skills that it took him over a year to realize that his White House was in chaos."

"Almost in spite of itself, Confidence Men is an important addition to the growing library of books about this president. It tells you things -- lots of things -- that you didn't know before. Very few of those things reflect well on Obama and his initial team."














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