The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House

  • by Chuck Todd
  • Narrated by Chuck Todd
  • 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A nuanced, behind-the-scenes, and analytical narrative of President Obama's White House tenure, by NBC's award-winning Chief White House Correspondent.
Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-edged. While he'd been a brilliant campaign politician, working inside the system as president turned out to be much more of a challenge than Obama had ever imagined.
In The Stranger, NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's tumultuous White House years. In doing so, not only does Todd give us the most revealing portrait yet of this fascinating president and his struggles, but illuminates what "Obamism" really is, what the president stands for, and how his decisions have changed - and will change - American politics for generations.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Mildly interesting

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Why is he writing this? He has so little new to report. And so dull.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

A few interesting tidbits that are then used to imagine if only they hadn't happened, Obama's presidency could have been so much better.

Would you be willing to try another one of Chuck Todd’s performances?

Horrible reading. I kept lowering the volume. Just one word after another, all fast, same forceful tone. The few times he varies his tone and speed, it is such a relief. Why didn't he use a professional?

Could you see The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

Big disappointment. Boring.

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- Karen

Does not scratch the Game Change itch.

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio