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

Ron Suskind

The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Until August 2007, when that confidence finally began to crumble. In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, Ron Suskind tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility." It is a story that follows the journey of Barack Obama, who rose as the country fell, and offers the first full portrait of his tumultuous presidency. Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles of transparency, accountability, and fair dealing opened a path to stunning profits. Obama's determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed during the fall of an election year and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. But as he stood on the stage in Grant Park, a shudder went through Barack Obama. He would now have to command Washington, tame New York, and rescue the economy in the first real management job of his life. The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players-like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner-who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation's crises deepened, Obama's deputies often ignored the president's decisions-"to protect him from himself"-while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes-between men and women, policy and politics-ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world's toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind intro-duces readers to an ensemble ca

The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Until August 2007, when that confidence finally began to crumble. In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, Ron Suskind tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility." It is a story that follows the journey of Barack Obama, who rose as the country fell, and offers the first full portrait of his tumultuous presidency. Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles of transparency, accountability, and fair dealing opened a path to stunning profits. Obama's determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed during the fall of an election year and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. But as he stood on the stage in Grant Park, a shudder went through Barack Obama. He would now have to command Washington, tame New York, and rescue the economy in the first real management job of his life. The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players-like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner-who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation's crises deepened, Obama's deputies often ignored the president's decisions-"to protect him from himself"-while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes-between men and women, policy and politics-ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world's toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind intro-duces readers to an ensemble ca
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The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Until August 2007, when that confidence finally began to crumble. In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, Ron Suskind tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility." It is a story that follows the journey of Barack Obama, who rose as the country fell, and offers the first full portrait of his tumultuous presidency. Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles of transparency, accountability, and fair dealing opened a path to stunning profits. Obama's determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed during the fall of an election year and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. But as he stood on the stage in Grant Park, a shudder went through Barack Obama. He would now have to command Washington, tame New York, and rescue the economy in the first real management job of his life. The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players-like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner-who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation's crises deepened, Obama's deputies often ignored the president's decisions-"to protect him from himself"-while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes-between men and women, policy and politics-ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world's toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind intro-duces readers to an ensemble ca

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Lurie

Length:

22h 1m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:28


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

52:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

47:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

54:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:14:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

54:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:01:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:12:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:17:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:28:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:10:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:13:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

47:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

55:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

42:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

57:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:15:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

44:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

53:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

40:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:10:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:44