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The content does not live up to the title. I was hoping to learn a lot more about the President's relationship with Congress, but as with other books by Chuck Todd, there is a heavy dose of chronicling events that the informed reader probably already knows.
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Would you recommend The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House to your friends? Why or why not?
Not really. It's about 3 times as long as necessary. He goes into incredible detail about basic history that anyone paying attention for the last 6 years already knows. However, when he does get to the good stuff, he clearly has a lot of interesting and useful information to impart. He was there for a lot of this stuff, and has talked to everyone else who was there when he wasn't.
It feels like he wrote it for historians or students 100+ years from now who won't be already familiar with the major news stories of the very recent past.
Also, the structure of the book is a little baffling. It's kind of chronological, and kind of organized by topic, but he can't seem to commit to either approach. He needed a ruthless editor.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
He clearly only read through it once, stumbling a few times a chapter, or mispronouncing something. I'm sure he makes a great TV interviewer, but he's clearly not a professional voice actor. Someone already familiar with his work and style might appreciate that more.
Any additional comments?
Overall worth it, but still disappointing. Then again, I'm going to finish it, so maybe my criticisms aren't all that well founded.
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