The Price of Loyalty

Version: Abridged
Author: Ron Suskind
Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Genres: History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's explosive account of the inner workings of the George W. Bush administration, the most secretive White House of modern times.

This vivid, unfolding narrative includes the candid assessments of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, for two years the administration's top economic official, a principal of the National Security Council, and a tutor to the new President. He is the only member of Bush's innermost circle to leave and then to agree to speak frankly about what has really been happening inside the White House.

O'Neill's account is supported by Suskind's interviews, by transcripts of meetings and by voluminous documents that cover domestic and foreign policy. As listeners are taken to the very epicenter of government, The Price of Loyalty offers a definitive view of Bush and his closest advisers as they manage crucial domestic policies and global strategies at a time of life-and-death crises.

Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Christine Todd Whitman are seen in an intimate, "unmanaged" way -- as is Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, O'Neill's close friend and ally. The central conflicts of this administration's governance are starkly visible through the lens of recent events and the revelation of unseen intentions that underlie actions.

Suskind's unique access provides an astonishing account of a President so carefully managed in his public posture that he is unknown to most Americans. Now, he will be known.

Reviews (5)

Fascinating

Written by Stephen Sink from Portage, IN on August 9th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love political history told from insiders' perspectives. This is well done, and seems credible to me. Mr. Hermann is my favorite reader. He's consistently excellent.

Price of Loyalty

Written by Mary from Ashburn, VA on August 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This CD is a great listen. Better, I thought, than the 1% Doctrine by Suskind. I've rented and read several books on the Bush administration, the CIA, and the Iraq and Afghan wars. This book verifies much of what others have written, but goes one better because it comes from someone who was actually there and observed the truth. It's pretty scary; it almost seems as if the country is being run by Stepford people.

Price of Loyalty

Written by John Stollar on May 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent rental with plenty of detail on the Bush administration. O'Neill is a seasoned veteran of gov't service and his perspective on the Bush team is both interesting and disturbing. A definite thumbs up!

Great inside account, good reader

Written by Noah from Mill Valley, CA on February 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The reader was good and the material certainly kept my interest. Made for an educational commute.

Price of Loyalty

Written by Mary Schweitzer on September 23rd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Why can't this information become more public. The US voting public really needs to see the true side of this administration and the BS that is going on. I sure wish Paul O'Neil would go on the talk show circuit and tell his side. Mary

Author Details

Author Details

Suskind, Ron

Ron Suskind is the author of the # 1 "New York Times" bestseller "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill". He is also the author of the critically acclaimed "A Hope in the Unseen". He has been senior national affairs reporter for "The Wall Street Journal", where he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Visit the author's website at www.ronsuskind.com.