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

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Great perspective

After hearing Alyssa on Make me smart podcast I couldn't wait to hear her story. My only issues with this book is that I couldn't stop listening and it was over too fast! The authors passion shines in her voice and her perspective and candid way of giving you the real deal was way refreshing. Great perspective on true politics when we need it most.
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- corey

Better than expected!

I don't recall how I stumbled upon this book in Audible, but it was interesting, inspiring and laugh out loud funny! Worth the listen. I may listen again, it was that good.
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- Lynn D. Greene

Book Details

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