How Obama (Almost) Lost America

Can he find it again?

When Barack Obama became America's 44th President, the world rejoiced. When he was re-elected in 2012, the world was reassured. Obama remains the most popular political figure anywhere, except perhaps in his own country. There, his approval ratings have plummeted from those heady first days, his opponents have thwarted him at nearly every turn, and his own supporters are restive.
What went wrong? How did Obama squander so much popularity and promise? In a witty and heart-felt account, Donald Morrison, a veteran journalist and author, describes his growing perplexity with Obama. He examines the President's background, personality and governing style and finds hidden flaws. He also identifies recent changes in American society and politics that have undermined the Obama's effectiveness. Critics as well as admirers will find much to learn from this book -- and much to enjoy.

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Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME, he wrote and edited in every department of the weekly newsmagazine. He was Editor of its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. A frequent public speaker and conference moderator, he has taught at New York University in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Mr. Morrison is the European Editor of the London-based magazine PORT and has written for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Le Monde, Le Point, The New Republic,Smithsonian and Conde Nast Traveller. He is the author, co-author or editor of books on subjects as diverse as China and photojournalism. His "The Death of French Culture," a 2009 best-seller in France, was published in the U.S. in 2010. His book on the Obama presidency, "Comment Obama a perdu l’amérique (How Obama Lost America)," was published in France and the U.S. in 2012. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

Follow him on Twitter @​donaldmmorrison

Selected Works

France's hottest literary star right now is a guy named Eric Zemmour, whose best-selling "Le Suicide Francais" alleges that France is destroying itself over immigration and other relatively petty problems. He exaggerates vastly. If you want to see a country that's truly bent on self-destruction, take a look at the United States.
The New Republic, January 8, 2015 France is waking up to the lousy job it has done of assimilating its immigrants.
Le Monde, October 3, 2012 We Americans are a pragmatic people. But we're facing the most ideological election campaign in recent memory.
PORT Magazine, Spring 2012 How I became a leading cultural commentator in a country where I could barely speak the language.
Smithsonian, April 2011 If the Internet is dumbing us down, how come I've never felt smarter?
He's everything a French president should be -- and Sarkozy is not.
Review of the Bernard-Henri Levy/Michel Houellebecq book in the Financial Times.
How the most popular leader in the world stumbled at home.
How France squandered its historic role as the world's cultural superpower.

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