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Obama Staffer Memoirs

Nostalgic for the Obama administration? We've got you. These memoirs by former White House staffers will transport you right back.

Playlist Tags: genre: Biography & Memoir topic: politics audience: politics nerds topic: obama topic: white house

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From the Corner of the Oval

A Memoir

By Beck Dorey-Stein
Narrated by: Beck Dorey-Stein
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

From the Corner of the Oval

“A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting book that makes public service, working for POTUS, a job in the White House a worthy occupation. An insider's personal account, it gives details about the the president and numerous others either identified or disguised as well as the inevitable personal pot holes that make the book a sort of novelization. By the way, who knew that "stenographer" is still an active job title. Fans of "Madame Secretary," political junkies of many stripes and those longing for a return to a sense of normalcy in the White House will pick up this book with gratitude.”

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My Forty Years in Politics

By David Axelrod
Narrated by: David Axelrod
Length: 19 hours 2 minutes

“A stout defense—indeed, the best I have read—of the Obama years.”—New York Times Book Review

New York Times bestseller.

David Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president... Read more »

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The Audacity to Win

The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory

By David Plouffe
Narrated by: Erik Davies
Length: 19 hours 22 minutes

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David Plouffe not only led the effort that put Barack Obama in the White House, but he also changed the face of politics forever and reenergized the idea of democracy itself. The Audacity to Win is his story of tha Read more »t...
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Power Forward

My Presidential Education

By Reggie Love
Narrated by: Reggie Love
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

A Washington Post bestseller, Power Forward is a compelling professional coming-of-age story from Reggie Love, the man who spent more time with Barack Obama during his historic first campaign and term than anyone else.

Reggie Love is a unique witness to history, whose introduction to Washington was working in Junior Senator Barack Obama’s... Read more »

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

By Alyssa Mastromonaco & Lauren Oyler
Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
Length: 5 hours 58 minutes

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this . . .
Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval... Read more »

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Yes We (Still) Can

Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

By Dan Pfeiffer
Narrated by: Dan Pfeiffer
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

On November 9th, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. How had... Read more »

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West Winging It

An Un-presidential Memoir

By Pat Cunnane
Narrated by: Pat Cunnane
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

The West Wing meets The Office in this “funny, moving story about working in the White House that is a must read for anyone who misses having Barack Obama as President” (Dan Pfeiffer, cohost of Pod Save America), directly from his senior writer and former Deputy Director of Messaging.

West Winging It is the “fitfully funny…warm and observant”... Read more »

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So Here's the Thing . . .

Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut

By Alyssa Mastromonaco & Lauren Oyler
Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? comes a fun, frank book of reflections, essays, and interviews on topics important to young women, ranging from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood, and making and sustaining relationships of all kinds in the age of social media.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is... Read more »

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They Said This Day Would Never Come

Chasing the Dream on Obama's Improbable Campaign

By Chris Liddell-Westefeld
Narrated by: Chris Liddell-Westefeld, Dion Graham, Graham Halstead, Melissa Dodd, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Dara Rosenberg, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Lisa Flanagan, Tracey Leigh, Zeno Robinson, Ron Butler, Barack Obama, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer & David Plouffe
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

The thrilling, unlikely story of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, as told by the volunteers and staff who propelled the longshot candidate to the presidency
In the year leading up to the Iowa caucuses, few thought a freshman senator named Barack Hussein Obama would be able to win the Democratic nomination--not to mention become the... Read more »

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The World as It Is

A Memoir of the Obama White House

By Ben Rhodes
Narrated by: Mark Deakins & Ben Rhodes
Length: 15 hours 44 minutes

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive—in the tradition of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House.
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the... Read more »

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