Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Amateur by Edward Klein


5 of 5 stars  *****

Edward Klein writes a superb non-fiction about the people in high places, the President's inner circle, giving readers a view of the people and their lives hidden from the public, quite on purpose. Klein, an accomplished author and editor of publications like the New York Times, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair, has excellent sources and a keen sense of timing to gather the information for this most revealing book about President Obama. This reader is enlightened as to the roles of the people closest to the President, including his wife. Even though the book is about a man who becomes America's Commander-in-Chief without any experience, the politics that the president's staff devise and borrow from past presidents are able to launch a campaign that paints a false sense of security with such a man while demonizing his opponents making them the fearful risk in any election. This book, written and published in 2012 before President Obama's re-election, is honest with its objective and subjective analysis of this man, who becomes known as an amateur, but still wins the presidency for another term.