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Political memoirs tend to be drab, plodding, and full of posturing. Whether or not you have fond memories of the Obama Administration, a view inside the machine is compelling. Politics can be cynical and political operatives are too often malicious. This is why I enjoyed peeking into this millennial’s journey from young skeptic to zealot to insider. Any political movement, from Occupy to Obamamania to the Tea Party to Trumpism, gains momentum on the backs of believers who break the political inertia holding back some or the feeling of disenfranchisement felt by others whose political leanings have been formed by the collapse of hope due to the immense weight of lofty unmet expectations. This book gives a glimpse into the ebbs and flows of the Obama era.
This isn’t hero worship. It’s simply a look at an idealist’s journey to the center of his perceived political earth, and the twists and turns getting there. You learn about the human side of the White House, from Obama’s sense of humor to the insecurities and outsized consequences of staff. You see the journey from wide-eyed worshiper to jaded insider to realistic and hopeful pragmatist.
If you want to understand the motivations, hopes, and fears that fueled the undeniably successful political eruption of 2008, and the unavoidable reality of Washington crashing against and eroding it in the wake, read this book.
The performance, by the author, is fantastic. Nobody understands the nuance of writing like a work's author, yet most have trouble pulling off a performance. This is not a problem for Litt, who is clearly comfortable behind a microphone.
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I usually get audiobooks due to time to read but this one is extra special with the author’s own voice and the clip of President Obama singing Amazing Grace sent me through the roof. I highly recommend it
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No idea why I chose this particular book but something called to me. So glad I picked it. So many Obama writings get caught in the race debate and in the beginning I thought this was going to be the same.
However, Litt dealt with it and moved on.
Loved the insight, humour and honesty that came from this. Acknowledgement of flaws and keeping the story human really made this for me.
As a Scot, I have no influence on the USA, but I hope Obamas legacy is carried on.. I was seriously ill some years ago and did not have to worry about affording treatment in Scotland. Shouldn't free healthcare and education be available to all? I don't take these things lightly and I'm sure hardly any one does. I know that as they're paid for by taxes they aren't totally free but no one should have to choose between food and children's health and education and equality in the 21st century should be closer than it is.
Thought provoking, laugh out loud and in some areas tear jerking, this was worth it all
Good luck in the future to both Litt and Obama.
I really enjoyed this. It was great to see the White House from the perspective of someone initially quite far down the pecking order.