Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Narrated by Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.


What the Critics Say

"A candid and charming memoir of her unexpected career in government.... The memoir abounds with intimate glimpses of Washington, D.C., celebrities (Biden, Clinton, Michelle Obama, and scores more) and cheerfully dispensed survival strategies. An entertaining look inside the White House." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A woman works for obama

Enjoyable read that provides insight into how the White House and Barack work. Really made me miss Obama. He called her when her cat died, for gods sake! Imagine the orangutan doing that
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- H. Winslow

Very Insightful

Alyssa was very transparent as she walked you through the life of a staffer. As a Navy Staff Officer, I see a lot of similarities and sincerely appreciate her perspective. Being a staffer can be challenging so hearing how she navigated the various pitfalls was funny and insightful. I have already shared this book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio