You think you may not be ready, that you’ll do it at a more convenient time. But you don’t choose the time. The time chooses you. Either you seize what may turn out to be the only chance you have, or you decide you’re willing to live with the knowledge that the chance has passed you by. pg. 69
This was a long book. I mean I’ve read books with more pages but politics isn’t really my jam so this one seemed a lot longer. Don’t ask me how this ended up being the first book I started to read this year because I don’t know. If you recall this year I was supposed to be reading Baldwin and Ishiguro. See here. But, here we are. I actually started and finished Demi Moore’s memoir Inside Out while I was reading this book so my reading plans are completely off the rails(Demi’s book was very good by the way). The best laid plans of mice and men right. Anyways, back to this tome. Weighing in at 701 pages it covers roughly the first two years of his presidency. It’s a memoir and as the narrator he acknowledges some missteps but does so with a I did the best with what I had at the time slant. The book gives you a peep into how the sausage of the American government is assembled and run. Quite frankly not everyone is going to have the stomach for it. I had forgotten about so many of the issues that came up during those years. Reading about how the path to good intentions is paved with wheeling and dealing was sometimes funny and often disappointing. There was a running theme of gratitude throughout the book. He thanked a lot of the people the public didn’t see while he was in office but who were instrumental in helping him and his family during his terms. I’d recommend this one for history and political buffs.