His 2004 book, The Rise of the Vulcans, about the backgrounds and experiences of George W. Bush’s foreign policy team, established James Mann as an insightful and balanced chronicler of the personalities who shape foreign policy. In The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power (Viking, $26.95), Mann offers a complex portrait of the foreign policy- making apparatus around President Obama. He describes how Obama and his team in some ways have followed through on their initial pledges to break with the policies of the Bush administration, but how in other ways they have accommodated themselves to the preexisting order. Obama is portrayed as the master of his own foreign policy. But the book also highlights the influence of two main groups around the president—the older, experienced Washington hands including Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and Leon Panetta, and a younger, very politically attuned group closer to Obama that includes Denis McDonough, Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice.

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Published: Viking Books - June 14th, 2012

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Published: Penguin Books - January 9th, 2013

Drift (Crown, $25) describes how the American way of war has changed, shifting from traditional reluctance to all-too-easy engagement. Rachel Maddow traces the overexpansion in recent decades of presidential power to send U.S. forces into combat, the weakening of congressional constraints, and the lessening of public attention. In making her case, she draws on an impressive amount of research but keeps her book an entertaining read, displaying a lively, puckish writing style laced with witty asides and numerous believe-it-ornot anecdotes.

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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 27th, 2012

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Published: Broadway Books - March 5th, 2013

David Willman’s The Mirage Man (Random House, $27) has not gotten the attention it deserves, perhaps because some of those in Willman’s cross-hairs are his fellow journalists. But this is an important piece of investigate reporting by a Pulitzer Prize- winning (and old-school) investigative reporter for The Los Angeles Times. In exploring the bizarre events and investigation surrounding the anthrax attacks after 9/11, Willman’s reporting shows how and why the people and institutions—from politicians to the news media to the FBI—entrusted with the protection of the public, failed in their duties. In the hands of such a skilled reporter, the story becomes a cautionary tale as much as an exposé. We learn from The Mirage Man what happens when emotion, hysteria, and collective psychology infuse judgment and decision-making. And we are reminded that it is not simply institutions, or laws, or regulations that must work to protect the public. It is rational, dispassionate thinking on the part of human beings—and reliance on good old- fashioned evidence—that are desperately required.

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Published: Bantam - June 7th, 2011

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