Author : Franklin Foer
Length : 12h10
Narrated by : Sean Patrick Hopkins, Franklin Foer
Category : Politics & Activism
Possibility of free reading : YES
Franklin Foer delivers an exclusive insider account of the initial two years of the Biden presidency, marked by unparalleled access to Biden's longstanding team of advisers. He paints a vivid portrait of a president navigating through a momentous period in our nation's history.
On January 20, 2021, in the very place where police officers had clashed with right-wing paramilitary groups just weeks earlier, Joe Biden solemnly took his oath of office. A nation still grappling with the throes of COVID-19, ominous financial forecasts from economists, and the Democrats holding the slimmest of majorities in the Senate awaited him. Nevertheless, confronted with an array of unprecedented crises, Joe Biden refused to adopt a defensive stance. Instead, he embarked on a mission to reshape the nation. Proposing the most audacious domestic spending initiatives since the 1960s, he pledged to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, bringing an end to the nation's lengthiest war and refocusing its efforts toward an impending rivalry with China.
With exclusive access to Biden's inner circle of advisers, who have been with him for decades, Franklin Foer meticulously dramatizes the initial two years of Biden's presidency, culminating in the historic midterm elections. The outcome is a gripping, high-definition portrayal of a pivotal president during a time when democracy itself appears to be under threat. With his back against the wall, Biden resorted to classic political tactics: negotiation and compromise. Initially, this approach seemed hopelessly outdated, as he struggled to garner support even from within his own party. However, as the midterm elections loomed, Biden miraculously navigated a path, employing a series of unremarkable-named bills to funnel trillions of dollars into clean energy, the domestic semiconductor sector, and new infrastructure. Had he accomplished the impossible by decisively departing from the old Washington consensus to achieve progressive objectives?
"The Last Politician" stands as a monumental work of political journalism, offering thrilling, play-by-play insider accounts of the tumultuous Afghanistan withdrawal and the White House's swift response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This book is destined to shape the historical perspective of a president weathering the storm.
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