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Two years ago, HBO cameras shadowed key members of President Obama's foreign policy staff—including then deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and former secretary of state John Kerry—during the team's last lap. The resulting film is The Final Year (May 21), a fly-on-the-wall look at how hard staffers worked to set the course for the next administration. It's no spoiler to say the 2016 election didn't go the way they thought it would. But in one scene, Kerry puts it best: "You never fail when you try greatly to go out and make things happen." Hear, hear!