Praise for A Consequential President
“[An] obligatory reference … for future historians grappling with the Obama presidency.” ―The Washington Post
“[A] massive trove of fact-checked, citation-provided facts ... Latte-sipping liberals may be partisan or at least annoying in their boostery Facebook posting of job-growth charts, but they're not wrong.” ―Chicago Tribune
“[A] broad, generous look at the entire Obama administration and finds many solid arguments that he indeed delivered the 'change' that he promised in 2008." ―Kirkus Reviews
“D’Antonio is partisan in that he admires Obama, but as befits a distinguished reporter, his assessments, while not neutral, are certainly balanced.” ―Publishers Weekly
“As an answer to critics on both the left and right, journalist D’Antonio … shows that … Barack Obama managed to be thetransformative U.S. president that many hoped for when he took office in 2009 … Readers who enjoy learning about government and politics and want to know howObama and his advisers addressed the challenges they faced will appreciateD’Antonio’s thorough coverage.” ―Library Journal
Praise for Michael D’Antonio
“A brisk and entertaining read, drawing on interviews and documents and distilling decades’ worth of news coverage to tell the story of Trump’s childhood, family, business deals, and political forays.” ―The Washington Post on The Truth About Trump
“An admirably straightforward, evenhanded but nonetheless damning account of Trump’s life.” ―The New York Times Book Review on The Truth About Trump
“A brisk and entertaining read, drawing on interviews and documents and distilling decades’ worth of news coverage to tell the story of Trump’s childhood, family, business deals and political forays.” ―The Washington Post on The Truth About Trump
“A carefully reported and fair-minded account. … [D’Antonio] has pulled together Trump's story, subjected it to some fact-checking and dissected a string of business deals that display his drive to win, his thirst for money, his willingness to push boundaries and his apparently endless quest for publicity.” ―USA Today on The Truth About Trump
"Balanced, well-sourced and perfectly timed."―The Financial Times on The Truth About Trump
"D'Antonio has delivered an intriguing portrait of an American individualist and his time." ―Los Angeles Times Book Review on Hershey
“Stunning . . . a vivid, careful, and ultimately momentous piece of journalism.” ―The Boston Globe on The State Boys Rebellion
“A captivating book.” ―The Wall Street Journal on A Full Cup
“This landmark work of recent history remains gripping and affecting to the last word.” ―Booklist (starred review) on Mortal Sins
In response to criticism and disappointment from the Left, this book offers a bold assessment of the lasting successes and major achievements of President Obama.
Barack Obama was once a most unlikely candidate, but his successful campaign for the White House made him a worldwide sensation and a transformative figure even before he was inaugurated. Elected as the Iraq War and the Great Recession had discouraged millions of Americans, Obama made a promise of hope that revived the national spirit. Soon after he occupied the White House, Congress approved his economic-recovery act and his program to save the U.S. auto industry. Both worked better than any observer predicted, and together they powered a recovery that has seen growth return and unemployment reduced to below five percent. Today the American economy is again the most vibrant in the world and its recovery has far outpaced Western Europe's.
Had he only saved the U.S. economy, Barack Obama would be considered a truly successful president. However, he has achieved so much more, against ferocious opposition---including some who challenged his claim to being an American citizen---that he can be counted as one of the most consequential presidents in history. With health care reform he ended a long-running crisis of escalating costs and inadequate access of treatment that threatened the well-being of 50 million people. His energy policies drove down the cost of power generated by the sun, the wind, and even fossil fuels. His efforts on climate change produced the first treaty to address global warming in a meaningful way---the Paris Agreement---and his diplomacy produced a dramatic reduction in the nuclear threat posed by Iran. Add the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the normalization of relations with Cuba, and his “pivot” toward Asia, and Obama's successes abroad match those at home.
In A Consequential President, Michael D'Antonio tallies President Obama’s long record of achievement, recalling both his major successes and less-noticed ones that nevertheless contribute to his legacy. The record includes Obama's role as a inspirational leader who was required to navigate race relations as the first black president and had to function in an atmosphere that included both racial acrimony from his critics and unfair expectations among supporters. In light of these conditions, Obama's greatest achievement came as he restored dignity and ethics to the office of the president, and serve as proof that he has delivered the hope and the change he promised eight years before.