His 2004 book, The Rise of the Vulcans, about the backgrounds and experiences of George W. Bush’s foreign policy team, established James Mann as an insightful and balanced chronicler of the personalities who shape foreign policy. In The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power (Viking, $26.95), Mann offers a complex portrait of the foreign policy- making apparatus around President Obama. He describes how Obama and his team in some ways have followed through on their initial pledges to break with the policies of the Bush administration, but how in other ways they have accommodated themselves to the preexisting order. Obama is portrayed as the master of his own foreign policy. But the book also highlights the influence of two main groups around the president—the older, experienced Washington hands including Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and Leon Panetta, and a younger, very politically attuned group closer to Obama that includes Denis McDonough, Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice.

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Private Empire (Penguin Press, $36) is Steve Coll’s masterful study of ExxonMobil, the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States. The company functions as “a corporate state within the American state,” Coll writes, and many of its inner workings are exposed in the book. Still, for all the book’s investigatory rigor and insight, it avoids coming across as an anti-corporate screed, instead offering a fair-minded, extensively researched and elegantly written report on ExxonMobil’s behavior.

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In End This Depression Now! (W.W. Norton, $24.95), Paul Krugman addresses our current disastrous economic situation, explaining in blunt, often witty and always engaging prose what should be done to alleviate the suffering. Much has already been written about how we got into this mess, but Krugman’s focus is, “What do we do now?” Any regular reader of his New York Times column will not be surprised by his arguments. He thinks the government should be spending more, with a renewed focus on job creation, until the private sector is better able to carry the economy forward again.

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