The Escape Artists

How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery

The Escape Artists

The widely acclaimed and newsbreaking account of President Obama’s campaign to rescue America from its recession: inside the meeting rooms, the inboxes, and the minds of the pedigreed propeller heads who guided America through a worldwide crisis.

DEEP INTO THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS PAINFULLY HIGH, THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR HAD WIDENED, AND THE STIMULUS HAD NOT DONE ENOUGH TO BRING JOBS BACK.

WHAT WENT WRONG?

FACING THE WORST ECONOMY SINCE THE 1930S, President Obama hired a crack team of escape artists: financial wizards who had pulled off numerous whiteknuckle getaways during the Clinton era. But this time, they fell far short. The Escape Artists reveals why.

Star White House journalist Noam Scheiber delivers a gripping narrative of the Obama presidency and the mistakes and missed opportunities that kept his pedigreed team from steering the economy in the right direction. With previously undisclosed internal documents and extensive, original reporting from the highest levels of the administration, Scheiber reveals how the very qualities that made these men and women escape artists in the 1990s ultimately failed them.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439172414 | 
  • September 2012
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Noam Scheiber
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Noam Scheiber

Noam Scheiber is a senior editor at The New Republic, writing about politics and Obama administration economic policy. He has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, New York magazine, and Slate and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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