President-elect Obama: The Transition

Until President-elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20th, the news media will be chock full of articles on the transtition from Bush’s administration to his, speculation on various appointments, some of which will no doubt be controversial, as well as the issues the new president will face, especially on the economic and foreign policy fronts.  Even the Obama family’s housekeeping details will be under the microscope, as within the last few days, when Mr. Obama visited with President Bush in the Oval Office at the White House, the President-elect was even reported to have taken a look at what will be his daughters’ bedrooms!

Barack Obama is so popular that most of the library’s copies of books by him (Dreams From My Father; The Audacity of Hope) or about him (Barack Obama:  This Improbable Quest by John K. Wilson; Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics by Martin Dupuis; Obama:  From Promise to Power by Davaid Mendell; Obama’s Challenge : America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency by Robert Kuttner) stay checked out or, as in the case of the last named title, are currently on order, but Greensboro Public Library has an impressive collection of books on recent past presidents in Dewey # 973.9. 

Some see parallels between the economic and war-time challenges facing Franklin Roosevelt — 973.917 & B R778 — and our new president-elect.  If you’re interested in the Roosevelt analogy, you may want to take a look at some of these:  The Age of Roosevelt by Arthur Schlesinger;  Backlash:  The Killing of the New Deal by Robert Shogan; The Defining Moment:  FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter; Kenneth S. Davis’ multi-volume study, including FDR, the New Deal Years, 1933-1937, and FDR, the War President, 1940-1943; FDR’s Folly : How Roosevelt and his New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression by Jim Powell; FDR:  The First Hundred Days by Anthony J. Badger; Franklin D. Roosevelt:  A Rendezvous with Destiny by Frank Freidel; and The New Dealers’ War:  Franklin D. Roosevelt and the War Withing World War II by Thomas J. Fleming.


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