In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join President-elect Barack Obama´s national security team, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today´s most contentious international relationships. McFaul had been studying and visiting Russia for decades, becoming one of America´s preeminent scholars on the country during the first Putin era. During President Obama´s first term, McFaul helped craft the policy known as ´´Reset,´´ which fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries under Dmitry Medvedev´s presidency. Later, as U.S. ambassador from 2012 to 2014, he witnessed firsthand how Vladimir Putin´s new rise interrupted this era of cooperation and returned Russian-American relations to a level of hostility not known since the darkest days of the Cold War. From the outset of his ambassadorship, the Kremlin accused McFaul of being sent by Obama to foment revolution against Putin´s regime. This resulting insider´s account - uniquely combining history, politics and intimate personal knowledge of the corridors of power - takes us from Putin´s dacha to ornate Kremlin chambers and the Oval Office, to explain how Russia really works, and why the world has entered a dangerous new era of confrontation.
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA´S BEST BOOKS OF 2017 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout´s place as one of America´s most respected and cherished authors.
New York Times Bestseller One of the Washington Post´s 10 Best Books of 2017 Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama´s formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States-from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross Barack Obama´s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America´s first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama´s tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama´s college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama´s time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city´s roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate. Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama´s 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party´s ´´rising star,´´ Garrow also chronicles Obama´s four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008. In Rising Star, David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is an extraordinary work of biography-tremendous in its research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.
´A fascinating and timely account of the current crisis in the relationship between Russia and the United States´ Daniel Beer, The New York Times ´Could not be more timely ... crucial reading for anyone interested in what´s happening inside Putin´s head´ Oliver Bullough, Prospect A revelatory, behind-the-scenes account of Russian-American relations, from a former US ambassador and ´Obama´s top White House advisor on Russia policy´ (The New York Times) In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join President-elect Barack Obama´s national security team, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today´s most contentious international relationships. McFaul had been studying and visiting Russia for decades, becoming one of America´s preeminent scholars on the country during the first Putin era. During President Obama´s first term, McFaul helped craft the policy known as ´´Reset,´´ which fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries under Dmitry Medvedev´s presidency. Later, as U.S. ambassador from 2012 to 2014, he witnessed firsthand how Vladimir Putin´s new rise interrupted this era of cooperation and returned Russian-American relations to a level of hostility not known since the darkest days of the Cold War. From the outset of his ambassadorship, the Kremlin accused McFaul of being sent by Obama to foment revolution against Putin´s regime. This resulting insider´s account - uniquely combining history, politics and intimate personal knowledge of the corridors of power - takes us from Putin´s dacha to ornate Kremlin chambers and the Oval Office, to explain how Russia really works, and why the world has entered a dangerous new era of confrontation.
´´This astonishingly revealing insider´s account of the Obama administration´s foreign policy process is a triumph.´´ -Foreign Affairs President Obama´s administration came to office with the world on fire. Confront and Conceal is the story of how, in his first term, Obama secretly used the most innovative weapons and tools of American power, including our most sophisticated-and still unacknowledged-arsenal of cyberweapons, aimed at Iran´s nuclear program. Washington and the world were rocked by Confront and Conceal, which goes deep into the Situation Room as Obama questions whether this new weapon can slow Iran and avoid a war-or whether it will create blowback, as the Iranians and others retaliate with cyberattacks on the United States. It describes how the bin Laden raid worsened the dysfunctional relationship with Pakistan, and how Obama´s early idealism about fighting a ´´war of necessity´´ in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue, frustration, and now withdrawal. As the world seeks to understand how Obama will cope with nationalistic leaders in Beijing, a North Korea bent on developing a nuclear weapon that can reach American shores, and an Arab world where promising revolutions turned to chaos, Confront and Conceal-with an updated epilogue for this paperback edition-provides an unflinching account of these complex years of presidential struggle, in which America´s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.
The New York Times Best Seller ´´[Hope Never Dies is] an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes.´´-Alexandra Alter, New York Times Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon´s Murtaugh and Riggs. Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, ´´Amtrak Joe´´ re-teams with the only man he´s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they´ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America´s opioid epidemic. Part noir thriller and part bromance, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction-and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.
A top D.C. journalist tells the inside story of the U.S. war against the Islamic State When the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq in 2011, President Obama took credit for keeping his promise to end one war. As savage violence flared in Syria that very same year, he resisted calls to intervene in another. His plan to reduce America´s provocative military presence in the Middle East would be faithfully executed. Five years later, the United States is again at war in the region-this time against the Islamic State, whose self-declared caliphate covers large tracts of Iraq and Syria. How did this happen? And how will the United States seek to prevail in this crucial return engagement? In Degrade and Destroy , Michael R. Gordon, the bestselling author and The New York Times ´s national security correspondent, reveals the debates, diplomacy, and military strategy that have shaped the struggle against the Islamic State. With extraordinary access to the White House, the intelligence community, the State Department, and the Pentagon, Gordon offers a riveting narrative. We see Hillary Clinton trying to arm the Syrian rebels; John Kerry coaxing reluctant allies; and U.S. war planners at work even as Russians, Turks, and others complicate or frustrate every move. The result is a crucial work of contemporary history that also exposes the vexing choices that confront the next president. The State Department has recently said it expects the struggle with ISIS to last three to five years.
Robert Kagan, the New York Times bestselling author of Of Paradise and Power and one of the country´s most influential strategic thinkers, reaffirms the importance of United States´s global leadership in this timely and important book. Upon its initial publication, The World America Made became one of the most talked about political books of the year, influencing Barack Obama´s 2012 State of the Union address and shaping the thought of both the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns. In these incisive and engaging pages, Kagan responds to those who anticipate-or even long for-a post-American world order by showing what a decline in America´s influence would truly mean for the United States and the rest of the world, as the vital institutions, economies, and ideals currently supported by American power wane or disappear. As Kagan notes, it has happened before: one need only to consider the consequences of the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I. This book is a powerful warning that America need not and dare not decline by committing preemptive superpower suicide.
Responding to the overt racism of the Trump era, Ta-Nehisi Coates´s ´´My President Was Black´´ (Atlantic) looks back at the meaning of Obama. Howard Bryant (ESPN the Magazine) and Bim Adewunmi (Buzzfeed) offer incisive columns on the intersections of pop culture, sports, race, and politics. In addition, David Wallace-Wells reveals the coming disaster of our climate-change-ravaged future (New York); Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham´s ESPN the Magazine reporting exposes the seamy sides of the NFL; Nina Martin and Renee Montagne investigate America´s shameful record on maternal mortality (NPR/ProPublica); Ian Frazier asks ´´What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?´´ (Smithsonian); and Alex Mar considers ´´Love in the Time of Robots´´ (Wired with Epic Magazine). The collection concludes with Kristen Roupenian´s viral hit short story ´´Cat Person´´ (New Yorker).