An Oral History, 2009-2017

Book - 2018
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The first ever comprehensive oral history of President Obama's administration and the complex political machine that created and powered a landmark American presidency.

In this candid oral history of a presidential tenure, author Brian Abrams reveals the behind-the-scenes stories that illuminate the eight years of the Obama White House through more than one hundred exclusive interviews. Among those given a voice in this extraordinary account are Obama's cabinet secretaries; his teams of speechwriters, legal advisers, and campaign strategists; as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who fought for or against his agenda. They recall the early struggles of an idealistic outsider candidate and speak openly about the exacting work that led to cornerstone legislation. They share the failures and dissent that met Obama's efforts and revisit the paths to his accomplishments. As eyewitnesses to history, their accounts combine to deliver an unfiltered view of Obama's battle to deliver on his promise of hope and change.

This provocative collage of anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and impressions from confidants and critics not only provides an authoritative window into the events that defined an era but also offers the first published account into the making of the forty-fourth president of the United States--one that history will soon not forget.

Publisher: New York :, Little A,, 2018, ©2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781503951655
Branch Call Number: 973. 932 OBA A
Characteristics: xviii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 05, 2018

Worst President next to Jimmy Carter

Sep 04, 2018

I adored this book. It's 410 pages long not counting appendices, but it's a very quick read because each page has only a few paragraphs on it. The author interviewed people in the Obama Administration and campaigns, congresspeople (Dems and a few GOP), and others involved in government and politics. The book is arranged chronologically and within that, by subject matter, with each subject getting about one paragraph of an interview from several different people. I felt that I was reading history by the people who were part of it. If I have one quibble about the book, it's that it would have been helpful to have subheadings for the topics, as it's very disconcerting to be reading about, for example, the ACA and then suddenly switch topics to the SALT treaty. I loved this book so much, I'm thinking about buying it (I read a library copy).

Aug 10, 2018

I skimmed and skipped. Not necessarily new information, in a format of quoted paragraphs from lesser know White House peeps. Large portion of large book is bibliography.

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