The Obama Presidency, Explained

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The Atlantic Publishes "The Obama Presidency, Explained"

Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2012)—As Barack Obama contends for a second term in office, The Atlantic is publishing "The Obama Presidency, Explained," an ebook expanding on James Fallows's March 2012 essay, taking historical measure of our 44th president.

According to Fallows, a longtime analyst of the presidency, two very different narratives vie to define Obama's first term: One sees him as a skillful political player and policy visionary—a chess master who consistently sees several moves ahead of his opponents (and the media). The other sees him as unsuited to his job and overwhelmed by events—a pawn incapable of overcoming a second-rate staff and the obstructionism of congressional Republicans. This ebook features Fallows's definitive essay, along with new commentary and an extended conversation on the Obama era between Fallows and Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates.

"Jim brings his reporter's curiosity and historian's sense of the office of the Presidency to bear on the Obama White House, sorting through the spin to discern the actual record of accomplishment and failure," said James Bennet, The Atlantic's editor in chief. "We're excited to be able take advantage of the ebook form to update and expand upon his original work."

"The Obama Presidency, Explained" is available on the iPad, Kindle, and Nook for $1.99. For more information, visit

About The Atlantic

Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about "the American Idea" that would be of "no party or clique," The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital and event platforms. With the addition of its news- and opinion-tracking site,, and, The Atlantic is a multi-media forum on the most critical issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.–based publisher Atlantic Media Company.

Media Relations Contact:

Natalie Raabe
The Atlantic
(202) 266-7533


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