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The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House

Author: Benjamin Rhodes
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Biography : English : First large print editionView all editions and formats
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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 Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Nonfiction
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Barack Obama; Benjamin Rhodes; Benjamin Rhodes; Barack Obama
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Rhodes
ISBN: 9781984833358 1984833359
OCLC Number: 1028995479
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxv, 668 pages (large print) : illustration ; 24 cm
Contents: In the beginning --
Talk to Iran, get Bin Laden --
A community of fate --
The President is on board the aircraft --
Cairo --
Obama's war --
War and a peace prize --
The end of the beginning --
Egypt: The transition must begin now --
Libya --
Bin Laden: Life inside a secret --
Gathering clouds --
Reaction and action --
Life, death, and Benghazi --
A second term --
Young men wage war, old men make peace --
Clenched fists --
Red line --
Becoming a right-wing villain --
Race, Mandela, and Castro --
Russians and intervention --
Divine intervention --
Permanent war --
New beginnings --
Tapping the brakes --
The antiwar room --
Bombs and children --
Havana --
The stories people tell about you --
The stories we tell --
Information wars --
The end.
Other Titles: Memoir of the Obama White House
Responsibility: Ben Rhodes.

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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 Brief, 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 was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, 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 by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

For nearly ten years, 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 Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Rhodes shows what it was like to be there from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. A vivid portrayal if Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education, and a record of the forces that shaped the last decade. -- adapted from back cover.

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