The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House

The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House

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 friend This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is B...

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Title:The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House
Author:Ben Rhodes
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1847925170
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House Reviews

  • Andrea
    Jun 26, 2018
    A REALLY terrific read. Thank you to Ben Rhodes for reminding us and bringing forth a wonderful tribute to President Obama and the other wonderful people that populated that era. We knew it was a difficult to be honest, dedicated, steadfast, hardworking and smart in Washington, DC but ...
  • Joe
    Jun 21, 2018
    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...
  • Mike
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 d...
  • Clinton Hutchings
    Aug 12, 2018
    This was a lot of "inside baseball" of politics and I surprisingly loved it. This seemed different than other political books - Clinton's and Comey's for example - because it didn't try to persuade the reader of a position, just told the considerations the author (mainly a speechwriter...
  • Jen
    Jun 20, 2018
    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 ...
  • Mehrsa
    Jun 12, 2018
    Man this book was frustrating--on a few levels: 1. Because I so badly miss the obama administration's unassailable good faith and their desire to actually not do stupid shit. 2. Because they did do so much stupid shit because they misunderstood the "other side." Either Assad in Syria, ...
  • Kate Elizabeth
    Jul 15, 2018
    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 pre...
  • Susan
    Jul 30, 2018
    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 ...
  • Geoffrey Clapp
    Jun 23, 2018
    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 wh...
  • Mal Warwick
    Jul 04, 2018
    I rarely read political memoirs, because so often they're one-sidedly partisan and self-serving. They tend to lack any sense of balance. For example, though I didn't read Hillary Clinton's book about the 2016 election, I saw enough reviews to know that its primary purpose was to deflec...
  • Summer Sharp
    Jun 21, 2018
    This was an interesting listen. Not as fascinating as others political books I've listened to. It was easy to walk away. That's usually a sign I'm not fascinated or entertained by a book. It was more into the weeds of foreign policy and events and thoughts going on whenajor policy chan...
  • Daniel Simmons
    Jul 15, 2018
    This clear-eyed, beautifully written political bildungsroman left me feeling nostalgic for the foreign policy years of the Obama presidency, and for that administration?s continual striving toward remaking the world as it is into the world as it ought to be. ...
  • Malia
    Jun 22, 2018
    ?Progress doesn?t move in a straight line.? ? Ben Rhodes, The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House Fellow fans of Pod Save America will recognize Ben Rhodes from his many visits to the podcast, others will know his name as that of Obama's Deputy Security Advis...
  • Owlseyes
    May 31, 2018
    Really, in what emotional stage is he now? He said "he" would never win the election, rather "she" would win. It turns out "he" won on the 8th of November 2016. So, he lost, so did "she". https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/30... ...
  • Pedro Pinheiro
    Jun 08, 2018
    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...
  • Samuel
    Jun 14, 2018
    Necessary read to complete your Obama staffer reading set. Also, I didn?t think I could admire Obama and disdain Bibi Netanyahu more than I already do and this book proved me wrong on both (side note: what on earth are ?lateral? meetings, uni, bi, or multi, got zero clue what the...
  • Ken Hamner
    Jun 19, 2018
    Mostly hero worship and a spin job on the facts. Pretty disappointing. ...
  • Eliza
    Jul 30, 2018
    This book was unfortunately a big disappointment, at least it?s the first half. Writing got better and the situations were analyzed more in depth in the second part, and, unlike some other reviews here on Goodreads, I liked long Cuba section. Still, I feel I learnt nothing really new...
  • Mary Ann
    Jul 17, 2018
    I'll admit this was something I sort of slogged through at times. In part, I was distracted by two of my passions, FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon, as well as a disturbing week of DJT's European and Russian visits. In addition, although the book is quite well-written, not a great deal of ...
  • Dipanjan
    Jun 15, 2018
    Very readable Offers a peek into the lives of people of who make the news and into decision making. Very easy read. ...
  • Chris Casey
    Jun 22, 2018
    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...
  • Sondos Shapsogh
    Jun 23, 2018
    This is an interesting memoir by Ben Rhodes, with so many notable accomplishments by Obama administration where Rhodes took an active part in. However, on the flip side, a reader might feel Obama seemed to focus more on foreign policy than concentrating equally on domestic affairs of t...
  • Marcia King
    Jun 24, 2018
    The road from idealism to reality I wasn?t a big fan of Obama when he was President. I was wrong. Ben Rhodes does an outstanding job discussing the reasons for decisions, giving context to the headlines, and describing the intelligent manner in which the White House operated. I st...
  • Jean
    Aug 04, 2018
    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 bette...
  • Susan
    Jun 18, 2018
    As I was finishing Ben Rhodes memoir of his years with President Obama's first campaign and eight years in the White House, tears came to my eyes for what we have lost. Rhodes was hired by the campaign for his foreign policy experience since he had worked for former Democratic Represen...
  • Stephanie
    Jun 06, 2018
    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 intu´ties, dipolaticly en van politieke neutraliteit. wanneer het in contexten wordt geplaatst, i...
  • Andrew Van Horn
    Aug 02, 2018
    Rhodes does a great job of representing the relentless pace of his foreign policy work?the book reads as one decision, crisis response, or initiative after another. I really appreciated this book for two reasons: it describes foreign policy surrounding events that I see differently n...
  • Nancy
    Jul 10, 2018
    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...
  • Leopold Benedict
    Jul 26, 2018
    A bit mediocre and boring. Too long and too many nitty-gritty details of American politics. It's absurd to notice how the report about what happened in 2008/09 seems already so outdated since we live in a different era now. The most interesting parts of the book for me, such as the int...
  • Harris N. Miller
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 w...