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"Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth.
And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power." -- Revelation 9:3 (NKJV)

Anyone who wants to understand why the United States is in a fiscal crisis should read this book. It's a carefully documented tale of people putting their own interests ahead of the citizens. There's also enough arrogance, ignorance, shallowness, and incompetence to make anyone seethe about the people in the other party. As an independent voter, I found myself annoyed by both parties.

Those who like to think of the president as an empty suit who gives good speeches will find evidence to support their beliefs. Those who prefer to see Republicans as willing to stop at nothing to hold down taxes for rich people will find what they are looking for, as well.

Are these truly the political heirs of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt? See what you think.

Nice job, Mr. Woodward! Keep up the good work! I can hardly wait to see what you write about the recent election.
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on 7 January 2013
Bob Woodward's latest study into American Politics, 'The Price of Politics', is a painful insight into how close America came to crashing the world economy.

But what is more agonising is how appallingly the leaders of the so-called world's political and economic super-power behaved. Rather than appreciate the fact that America was in a serious crisis both Democrats and Republicans tried to fight for policies which would appeal only to their core voters.

Although Woodward remains impartial for the majority of the book, he is clearly more sympathetic with President Obama. He appreciates that the president is honest about trying to fix the economy but having to fight a hostile Republican Congress at the same time is stalling the progress he promised in the 2008 election.

However saying that, Woodward presents a pleasingly balanced view of the policies put forward by both sides. Don't think for a second the book is an Obama-supporting or Republican-supporting rag, it's far from it. No one comes out of it particularly well.

Woodward's writing style is, as always, enthralling. You find yourself re-reading very similar conversations between the leaders throughout the book, but each time they are delivered with a freshness that revives the tension felt at the time.

Overall, an excellent book. It will be interesting to see if Woodward writes a book on the late 2012/2013 'fiscal cliff' crisis which was also narrowly avoided and tried to be settled on political affiliation rather than bipartisanship.
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on 29 January 2013
A very comprehensive book on the behind the scenes negioations between the Preseident the staffers, and the Congressional Leaders and their members of staff.

Very interesting for political anoraks like myself and economists.

Well worth a read.
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on 27 January 2013
A very well written examination of the power of money in politics today - just what you would expect from such a pre-eminent journalist

Thoroughly recommended for any student of contemporary politics
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on 29 August 2016
I'm a big fan of Bob Woodward. This book gives a deep insight to the workings of the U.S. government and the interaction (or non-interaction) between the 3 pillars of the institution.
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on 24 June 2015
excellent book -
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on 22 March 2013
Great if your American , but if your not you quickly lose interest . Don't know who most of the characters are , don't know the systems and structures involved , and sometimes don't know the language it's being written in ... What was that about separated by a common language ?!!!
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