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So why is anyone questioning his audacity, or the legacy he leaves behind?  The answer to that lies in the recent past, and in the history of 20th century American politics. Understanding both, and what happens from here, is enhanced by learning what’s inside “Audacity.”

Just know first that there’s a lot to absorb.

Chait, also a political columnist, presents in great detail the goings-on behind-the-scenes in Washington. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing: good, because Chait is clear in reasoning and thorough in fact-finding, in favor of arguments for a stellar Obama legacy; bad, because this thoroughness becomes quite heavy at times.

Give yourself time for a careful read of this book, especially if you might disagree with its author.

(“Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America” by Jonathan Chait, c.2017, Custom House/William Morrow, $27.99/$34.99 Canada,  272 pages)

 

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