About the book:
Based on dozens of interviews with actors in the Obama transition, as well as the author’s personal observations, A Crisis Wasted: Barack Obama’s Defining Decisions, provides unique commentary on the fateful decisions of late 2008 that determined Obama’s presidency – months before his inauguration. This book describes these decisions and discusses how the results could have been different. A decade later, the ramifications of the Great Recession and the role of government in addressing the crisis animate the ideological battle between progressivism and neoliberalism in the Democratic Party and the radical direction of the Republican Party. Everyone should learn from this critical and little-understood history.
About Reed Hundt:
Reed Hundt was a member of the transition teams for the Clinton and Obama presidencies. He was the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1993-97. He also taught at Yale College, Law School and School of Management and has practiced law in California and Washington, D.C. He was a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in 1997. He was a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in 1997. He has started for-profit and non-profit firms (including Coalition for Green Capital and Making Every Vote Count), served as a board member for numerous technology and communications firms, and raised a family with his wife Betsy in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He is also the author of You Say You Want a Revolution, In China’s Shadow, The Politics of Abundance, and Zero Hour.