GHS, is a young business executive and occasionally writes non-fiction reviews on this blog. He recently read THE PRICE OF POLITICS by Bob Woodward and included the review in a monthy newsletter sent from his company. Below is an excerpt of the review.
Bob Woodward's "The Price of Politics" covers the run up and aftermath of the 2011 federal debt limit debacle. The book has something for everyone and provides a blow by blow description of the budget and debt negotiations between Congress and the president. It is almost like observing a sporting event, in that one side offers this and the other side offers that and so on and so on.
Woodward is very evenhanded and he depicts the Washington personalities as they are. He is balanced in his treatment of Democrats and Republicans.
It is also the story of a president who arrived in office with a minimum of experience with the political process and often Obama comes through as simply out of his depth. In some ways this is the main thrust of the story.
This book is highly detailed and Woodward effectively pieces together the secretive world of Washington policymaking using extensive documentation. Woodward shows how the broken relationship between the White House and the Capitol drove the economy to the "edge of the fiscal cliff."
The Price of Politics is an excellent book and a great literary achievement for Bob Woodward.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT:
The renown author Joan Didion has often leveled criticism about Woodward's reporting style saying in an essay, "Measurable cerebral activity is virtually absent."