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Obama versus Disraeli

Andre Maurois' biography of "Disraeli" is certainly political biography in a literary class unto itself. However, the more recent "Game Change," by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin although about contemporary politics, is a book in its own right, not to be slighted as a literary work of some distinction. For even on the exalted plane where Mouris lives, "Game Change" can confidently hold it's own. Both are about the political personalities and political dynamics that framed pivotal times. Maurois' is about a single dominating personality, the only Jewish Prime Minister of Britain, Benjamin Disraeli, during mid-Seventeen Century Britain, when arguably the British Empire was at the very peak of its glory. However, due to the "potato and corn famine," and general mismanagement of agricultural policies, Britain began a precipitous decline that arguably did not end until the post-Colonial period in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Heilemann and Halperin's book is about the key political personalities during the pivotal U.S. Presidential election of 2008, which ended with the election of the first Black U.S. President. It too, arguably was about a season when, in the aftermath of eight years of Republican mismanagement of the economy began a decisive and precipitous decline in the U.S. standard of living and in U.S. international prestige that may not end until the U.S. has become a second rate power if not a supersized Third World country. Everyone is anticipating that it's just a matter of time before China will call in all its economic chips and replaced the U.S. as the last reigning superpower.

The similarities of the times and the fact that the leaders of the respective parties in power were of a different ethnicity than the racial majority, is a comparison that often is too uncanny to go unnoticed. The upshot is that it begs for a comparative analysis of the two leaders. With Maurois' book and what we know so far about Obama, a tentative comparison can now be made.

Disraeli versus Obama

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