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
Obama-bestuur beschreven als een man alleen in de arena wijst naar een stier uit het zicht met uit de lucht beschuldigingen dat het boek nauwkeurig beschrijft met verschillende educatieve intuïties, dipolaticly en van politieke neutraliteit. wanneer het in contexten wordt geplaatst, is het een em-ingenieursmodel van domino's in gang gezet met de administratie en nauwelijks geëffectueerd met de machtsverschuiving in het huis. Buitenlandse communicatie werd overgelaten aan de kunstenaars en het bo ...more
This memoir is thoughtful and detailed and beautifully written, so my "meh" reaction to it is hard to explain. Part of it may be political fatigue - living in DC in 2018 will do this to you - and part of it may be that I don't adore foreign policy and this is the story of the Obama presidency told by a former senior foreign policy advisor, Ben Rhodes.
Rhodes is a polarizing figure, in that he was a key player in the Iran nuclear deal and in reestablishing relations with Cuba, both actions that di ...more
An interesting and fluid read. The book covers the entire Obama's candidature and terms in office, dwelling especially on foreign policy. The narrative is coloured with personal stories and the author evolution on the job.
Highly recommended for people that might be critical of Obama's foreign interventions (or lack thereof). As they say, everything is more complicated than it seems and this book shows that with excellent writing and storytelling.
The World As It by Ben Rhodes was a very emotional read for me for a number of reasons. I’m sure part of the reason is the current period of time that we are living through. Watching the constant scandal unfold day after day makes me yearn for a past that was not that long ago. I decided to pick up this book after the 2018 midterm election. I spent two weeks leading up to the election full of anxiety about the future of the United States and society in general. I stayed up all night on election ...more
This is the best Obama White House memoir I've read. It's beautifully written, meticulously researched/fact checked, and completely illuminating.
Rhodes sticks with 44 until the very end (literally). He's front row to every major domestic and international event. As a former national security advisor, he focuses on world affairs, helping contextualize and explain hard decisions.
The writing is familiar, recognizable, an old friend. It is clear that through his years as a speechwriter Rhodes has ...more
The memoirs of Obama staffers are starting to come out now. I enjoy reading these political insider memoirs. I am aware they are biased to their own beliefs. I attempt to stay neutral and read these memoirs from both sides of the political divide. By doing this I hope to obtain a better understanding of the events.
This one is by Ben Rhodes who was Obama’s speechwriter and national security staffer. The book provides a look inside the Obama years. He states he is telling the story “of the journey ...more
Ben Rhodes, The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House
I couldn’t stop reading this book. I’d never heard of Ben Rhodes, but I liked him from the beginnning of the book. He thinks clearly and he writes well. He likes Obama for the same reasons I do. I admit that, though I voted for Obama, after he was elected (both times), I didn’t pay close attention. I don’t like politics much. This book filled me in on the details behind the headlines.
Rhodes was a speech writer and a foreign affairs spe ...more
I throughly enjoyed Ben Rhodes journey from on the campaign trail to flying for the last time on Air Force One with the Obama family. It's astonishing to look back in time when the America we knew was full of hope and optimism for the future. The author did a great job giving the reader a sense of the decision-making process during some of the most critical moments of Obama's Presidency. The election of Trump clearly was shock to the world and the delayed reaction to Russian interference was app ...more