Obama's Top Advisers Set To Spill Insider Details In New Books

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Two of President Barack Obama's closest first-term advisers will soon spill insider details on the administration's handling of the early days of the Great Recession, the White House's cautious response to the Syrian civil war and the genesis of clandestine talks with Iran.

The memoirs from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ex-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will be the latest installments in an often awkward Washington ritual: one-time confidants signing big book contracts to examine a presidency that is ongoing and policy decisions that still are being implemented.

Clinton and Geithner's books will be released just four months after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memoir landed like a sucker punch in the West Wing. Gates' book was sharply critical of both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.