The Obamians: How a Band of Newcomers Redefined American Power

The Obamians: How a Band of Newcomers Redefined American Power Review

The definitive analysis of the events, ideas, personalities, and conflicts that have defined Obama’s foreign policy

When Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a new group of foreign policy advisers intent on carving out a new global role for America in the wake of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq. Now the acclaimed author of Rise of the Vulcans offers a definitive, even-handed account of the messier realities they’ve faced in implementing their policies.

In The Obamians, acclaimed author James Mann tells the compelling story of the administration’s struggle to enact a coherent and effective set of policies in a time of global turmoil. At the heart of this struggle are the generational conflicts between the Democratic establishment—including Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Joseph Biden—and Obama and his inner circle of largely unknown, remarkably youthful advisers, who came of age after the Cold War had ended.

Written by a proven master at elucidating political underpinnings even to the politicians themselves, The Obamians is a pivotal reckoning of this historic president and his inner circle, and of how their policies may or may not continue to shape America and the world.

Title:The Obamians: How a Band of Newcomers Redefined American Power
Edition Language:English

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  • Tony

    This was superb. I read and enjoyed James Mann’s two previous books on Presidents and foreign policy: The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan which posited Reagan’s evolution of thought on the Soviet Union...

  • Lobstergirl

    Anyone tempted to be critical of the Obama administration for not reaching heights of greatness thus far needs to bear in mind: before you can attempt those heights, you have to play the hand you've b...

  • Daniel

    While I was reading The Obamians, I found myself thinking of the old cliche about journalism being the first draft of history, with the emphasis on 'first draft.' The Obamians was released in the summ...

  • Ryan

    A solid analysis of President Obama's worldview and his administration's approach to foreign policy. ...

  • Holly Morrow

    James Mann wrote “The Rise of the Vulcans” during the Bush administration about the group of neocons (Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Feith, etc) who had a profound effect on the Bush presidency’s ...

  • Carol N

    Contains an analysis of Obama’s foreign policy—with a new afterword for his second termA new group of foreign policy advisers intent on carving out a new global role for America were appointed whe...

  • Brad VanAuken

    This is a very balanced, informative and interesting exploration of how President Barak Obama built his foreign policy team and how they addressed the foreign policy issues. It provides insight into t...

  • Ray

    James Mann, in "The Obamians", reviews the players behind the policies, and how policies were developed, during the Obama Administration. It was interesting to hear about some of the less well known i...

  • Chris

    I thought the book was helpful in deciphering the foreign policy of the Obama administration (so far). A description of other recent administrations is given in the beginning of the book so that you c...

  • Kinksrock

    A thorough review of three years of foreign policy under the Obama administration, focusing on the conflict and interplay between the young and less experienced idealists that Obama brought in and the...