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I have always liked Matt Frei's reporting on the BBC where he comes across as knowledgeable about US politics but at the same time makes his reports entertaining & accessible. The book retains the 'feel' of his broadcasts. It isn't a deep analysis of US political life but is ideally suited to the casual reader.
The book was largely written before Obama came to power and so, apart from a few comments about the run up to the 2008 election, together with a brief introductory chapter written just after Obama's victory, there is no discussion of the Obama presidency even in its earliest days. There is discussion of some of the defining issues of the presidency of George W Bush and contemporary American politics. I found the brief description of an interview with a disillusioned former member of the Bush White House both interesting and sad. The chapter covering Hurricane Katrina succinctly demonstrates the incompetence of the Bush administration.
The book is perhaps most interesting when it describes non-political life, whether this be matters close to his home & heart (finding a home, his children's schools) or wider matters such as religion in America where Frei takes a different tack from the norm, looking at a California mega-church.
Although in some senses this book is now 'out-dated' after the election of the new administration, much of the commentary is timely. Watching a news broadcast a week or so ago I was reminded strongly of Frei's description of the issue of illegal immigration from South America.