This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes.The World As It Is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader; of how idealism can confront reality and survive; of how the White House really functions; and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president.A young writer and Washington outsider, Ben Rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. Chosen for his original perspective and gift with language, his role was to help shape the nations hopes and sense of itself. For nearly ten years, Rhodes was at the centre of the Obama Administration first as a speechwriter, then a policymaker, and finally a multi-purpose aide and close collaborator.Rhodes puts us in the room at the most tense and poignant moments in recent history: starting every morning with Obama in the Daily Briefing; waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room; reachin...
|Title||:||The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
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The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House Reviews
Captivating and fascinating memoir of the Obama White House from speech writer, foreign policy expert and right wing target. A wonderful behind the scenes look at how complicated and important the work of the Obama tenure was.
For the political junkies out there.
I read this book because Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama's communications director who focused on foreign policy, is a Friend of The Pod. It is a must read for all Pod Save America listeners.
But I wasn't sure I'd be enthralled since foreign policy isn't something I'm as focused on or know much about. That was an unfound fear. The writing is clear, the locations and policies are well explained (without belaboring any points), and Ben's interaction with both Obama and other staffers made this very intere ...more
An evocative portrayal of President Obama disguised as the memoir from an eight year inner circle staffer. The Obama of Ben Rhodes's story seems more human, less polished than in other accounts. Though there still is a bit of hero worship baked into his reminiscing, Rhodes shows us the Obama on display between the many drafts of speeches and statements. From telling the press pool aboard the back of Air Force One that he wants the Obama doctrine to be "Don't do stupid sh*t." to waking up a bit g ...more
Rhodes was primarily a communications professional in the Obama White House, so it's not surprising at all that he's a great writer. He made some really complicated foreign policy situations very accessible and as a career bureaucrat myself, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the White House runs kind of like any other agency that I've ever worked for, only on a much larger scale, must faster, with much higher stakes.
Two things that really stood out for me reading Rhodes' memoir. The first ...more
I really enjoyed this memoir by Ben Rhodes who was a speechwriter a national security advisor to President Obama for eight years. This book is basically a history of the foreign policy and international relations of the Obama administration. There is very little time spent looking at domestic issues outside of how international issues impact the administration politically.
Rhodes writes very well (he has an MFA so that makes sense) and does a great job of mixing his personal story with the story ...more
Where’s the Beef?
Ben Rhodes, by all accounts, including his own, is a good guy. A true patriot who had the opportunity to spend eight years on Obama’s staff as both a speechwriter and a foreign policy advisor and operative. So I began this memoir with high expectations that I would obtain some new insights into Obama, including why he failed to trumpet his successes until it was too late for the American people to have time to process. But my hopes were dashed. The book is boring. Rhodes is so b ...more
Outstanding. Not a simple "here's what we did and why I was right" memoir we see so often as administrations turn over, but a unique view of the administration through the changing eyes of the author through success and failure. As one of the only members of the Obama administration who was there on the first and last days, Ben Rhodes provides a unique insight to the changes of the staff, changes in our politics, and changes in Obama that very few people could provide.
As a political junkie and ...more
A tremendously enjoyable and insightful read, which is also, too soon, sadly nostalgic for 'The America As It Was', led by a smart, thoughtful, articulate, and empathetic human being in President Obama. Thank you @brhodes for your service to him, and to all of us, and for the great job you did here sharing that experience.