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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Before the Oath
  • Martha Joynt Kumar
  • English
  • 06 July 2015
  • 9781421416595

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Before the OathI was excited to read this book because the subject is important to me The book is essentially a big research paper on the 2008 transition The author is detailed in her reporting and there are flashes of excitement and fascinating narrative But little is revealed that would not be than common sense plan ahead to transition the most important job in the world Many times the author repeats herself and the writing style lacks any excitement This is an overview of the transition with no drama The books is well researched It’s one of the hallmarks of American democracy on inauguration day the departing president heeds the will of the people and hands the keys to power to a successor The transition from one administration to the next sounds simple even ceremonial But in 2009 as President George W Bush briefed President elect Barack Obama about the ongoing wars and plummeting economy he’d soon inherit the Bush team revealed that they were grappling with a late breaking threat to the presidency US intelligence sources believed that a terror group with links to Al aeda planned to attack the National Mall during the inaugural festivities Although this violence never materialized its possibility made it clear that well laid contingency plans were essentialPolitical scientist Martha Joynt Kumar uncovered this secret peril while interviewing senior Bush and Obama advisers for her latest book In Before the Oath Kumar documents how two presidential teams—one outgoing the other incoming—must forge trusting alliances in order to help the new president succeed in his or her first termKumar enjoyed unprecedented access to several incumbent and candidate transition team members and she combines in depth scholarship with one on one interviews to put readers suarely behind the scenes Using the Bush Obama handoff as a lens through which to examine the presidential transition process Kumar interweaves examples from previous administrations as far back as Truman Eisenhower Her subjects describe in vivid detail the challenges of sowing campaign ideals across a sprawling executive branch as Congress the media and external events press in Kumar’s lively account of lessons learned and pitfalls encountered during past presidential transitions provides an essential road map for presidential aspirants and their advisers as well as campaign workers federal employees and political appointees Via Too academic for me Not enough of a narative for the transition Still some interesting things but i didn't finish