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The World as It Is

The World as It Is

A Memoir of the Obama White House

Book - 2018
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"For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration, first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. ... Rhodes shows what it was like to be there from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and--above all--Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade."--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525509356
Branch Call Number: 973.932 RH
Characteristics: xx, 450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 05, 2019

Obama's List

Jan 02, 2019

Rhodes was Barack Obama's speechwriter and deputy National Security Advisor. Subtitled: "A Memoir of the Obama White House", it totally reflects Rhodes' admiration for his former boss, and with good reason. The book--despite the stresses Obama and his staff were facing from day 1--was actually relaxing to read in some weird way...reading about intelligent, thoughtful, kind people in power--and a great human being as President. Compared to the insanity and moral rot going on day after day after day under the current idiot. Rhodes admits to a few mistakes and "over-reaches", but also stakes a claim on many accomplishments during 8 years of responsibilities and pressures the average person can only imagine. Then recognizing a lot of the good would be swept away on January 20, 2017.

Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2018

Nov 05, 2018

A good long look at the tenure of the Obama years from someone who worked beside him the whole way. Was it overly long? Yes, and sometimes I got a bit lost in the world trying to figure out what we were working on when and why. This perhaps explains why the author was working beside Obama and not I. I enjoyed the beginning third of the book the best, when I best understood what was being discussed, but found little to tie together each disparate crisis/country/leader. At its most interesting were - naturally - the parts I understood best. My take-away was wondering how anyone can function at such a high level of attention for such a sustained time. And then, of course, to realize that our subsequent (p)resident doesn't - just watches cable news shows on loop - made me grateful for the grace and commitment of Obama.

Sep 04, 2018

insightful and thorough reflections about serving as a close aid and speech writer to Obama. grateful for the review of all that was accomplished during those 8 years while also troubling about how much obstruction came from Obama's opposition which prevented so much more to be accomplished. Also troubling to learn more directly about the emotional toll it took on Obama and his teams. Lots of quotables

Aug 22, 2018

There is binge watching and binge reading....Rhodes writes about his 8 years as Obama's speechwriter/national security advisor and symbiotic political creator. I was left with a root understanding of the Obama years with less emphasis on journalistic impressions and more on first hand account. I was so impressed with Rhodes writing that each sitting I had to read just a little more. I have read other political works of the times and this one is the definitive translation of the delicate relationships with Cuba, Burma, Russia interference, Bengazi, Israel, Syria according to someone who was so close to the President that at times I forgot who was narrating.

Aug 15, 2018

This was a much deeper memoir than I expected, it was part history, part "how government works" class, part personal, part "A day in the White House". I found it very informative and a real page turner. Ben was very open with his emotions during very difficult times, I don't know how people survive the lack of sleep and pressure working for the President at that high level. I really enjoyed the book although was sad at the missed opportunities because of the obstruction of Congress and harshness of politics that led up to where we are now.

Jul 19, 2018

Ben Rhodes worked on the first Obama presidential campaign and then joined his White House team, working on foreign policy. Interesting to re-live those years through this young man’s eyes. Glad I read it. Well done.

Jul 15, 2018

Very interesting and informative. Shows how things work in the WH behind the scenes. Alot of people working together. I felt like the author was sitting down with me and talking about his work. Some accomplishments and some failures.

Jul 06, 2018

A very interesting and entertaining read. This book and Dan Pfeiffer’s “Yes, We Still Can” are two books about the Obama years that give you a peek behind the curtain.


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