As the old maxim goes: you don’t talk about sex, politics, or religion in polite conversation.  In The Price of Politics Bob Woodward, you will want to talk politics to everyone, based on how messed up things are today’s political world.

It was easy to be a statesman in the past, when there was plenty of money to around and the country was not so divided. Horse trading and compromise were the tools of the political trade, but how do you do that when your nation is broke?

In this book, Woodward chronicles the 44 days of the summer of 2011 when the President and Congress came together to come up with a working deal to cut entitlements spending and increase tax revenue.

In Woodward’s narrative dialogue style, you feel like you are a fly on wall.  He captures the essence of an inexperienced President Obama working with a Speaker who is struggling to hold a volatile republican caucus together to pass a “grand bargain.”

They get so close, but then it all falls apart. Finger pointing is everywhere. The Price of Politics tells the unfortunate story of how this “grand bargain” was never reached. This story is a disappointing peek into how broken our democracy is.  Our leaders are not making the tough decisions because, unlike in the past, everyone is in a pinch. There are no winners or losers in this book; it showcases that politics of government is flawed and it is up to the American people to push for policies that will put our nation on a healthy recovery.  A  very hard cure to place on the voter who is struggling themselves.

The political rhetoric of both parties may win elections, but this philosophy does not solve the gaping problems that our nation faces and impacting governing.

This book is a bit depressing, but it should serve as a wakeup call to make our leaders more accountable. Left, right, center; it does not matter if our nation is a path toward the end.  This book also captures the imperfect world of policy making.

Book Facts:

The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward

2012 Simon & Schuster 430 pp

ISBN: 978-1-4516-5110-2

IBSN: 978-1-4516-5112-6 (e-book)


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