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The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

Book - 2012
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David Fitzpatrick's Sharp is an extraordinary memoir--a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness. A beautifully written treatment of a powerful subject, Fitzpatrick--whose symptoms included extreme depression and self-mutilation--writes movingly and honestly about his affliction and inspires readers with his courage, joining the literary ranks of Terri Cheney (Manic), Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), Marya Hornbacher (Wasted), and Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted).

"A harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane world....Fitzpatrick writes about mental illness with the unsparing intensity of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton but also with the hard-won self-knowledge of William Styron, Kay Jamison, and other chroniclers of disease, recovery, and management.... A must read, remarkably told."
--Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much is True

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062064035
0062064037
9780062107992
Branch Call Number: 973.932092 COR
Characteristics: 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Sep 29, 2013

A commenter says: "The book describes Obama's goals and strategies and all of his victories for the middle-class." Huh? Everything Obama has done in office continues the ongoing destruction of any possible middle class in America, today and in the far future. And afer his reelection he is pushing for the passage of the final nails in the coffin: the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and TransAtlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). Corn supports the status quo in all his writing (and certainly tosses out the phrase "conspiracy theory" whenever anyone disagrees with his pablum) and this is yet another book which proves that.

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floy
Apr 28, 2012

I am reminded of the exhaustion I felt after watching the film "Deliverance". So much had happened; it was amazing anyone was still alive. Obama's first term was filled to overflowing with problems and crises; he remained standing, thankfully. The author of this book gives us a detailed accounting of these years since 2008, however I have to admit that I took everything with a grain of salt because of his cavalier attitude about sources. Throughout the book, he used quotations without listing a source. I counted 156 times when he quoted an anonymous person. I was in a quandry - how do I know if these quotes are legit? Maybe he just added them to give more energy & spice to his narrative. How do I know what is true? This is a serious failing of this book.

voisjoe1 Apr 21, 2012

An excellent summary of the struggles of the middle part of Obama's 1st term as he has had one "Showdown" after another against Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner. The book describes Obama's goals and strategies and all of his victories for the middle-class. Shortly after this book came out, another book has revealed that the Republicans met within a day of the inauguration and decided to just obstruct Obama every step of the way. The Republicans have confirmed that book by filibustering every proposal made by Obama. The number one goal of the Republicans has been to limit Obama to one term, regardless of the effect their actions have on the economy of the United States. And they are so bold as to blame Obama for every unpassed bill that they refuse to even let the Senate vote upon.

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