The Audacity of Hope - Abridged
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics–a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in Congress... Read more »
“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”Jax, Bookshop Santa Cruz
The Meaning of Michelle
16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
“Whenever I think about Michelle Obama, I think, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like her. I want to be that intelligent, confident, and comfortable in my own skin’.” ―Roxane Gay
“Even after eight years of watching them daily in the press, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is a Black man is still breathtaking to me. The fact... Read more »
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 »
The Audacity to Win
The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory
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Watch David Plouffe discuss The Audacity to Win on "Meet the Press"
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 that... Read more »
My Presidential Education
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 »
My Hopey, Changey White House Years
“This was the first political book I was able to pick up after 2016, and I loved it. David Litt was one of Obama’s speechwriters, and I enjoyed traveling back in time to those happier, more innocent political times. I'd suspected too that his speechwriting credentials would make his memoir pleasant to read, and I was right—I particularly appreciate when form mirrors content, like the run-on sentences illustrating Obama’s style or the sentence-ending prepositions up with which Valerie Jarrett would not put. Oh, and it’s funny—and who doesn’t need a good laugh these days?”Claire, East City Bookshop
The World as It Is
A Memoir of the Obama White House
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 »
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
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 »
West Winging It
An Un-presidential Memoir
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 »
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.”Susan Thurin, Bookends On Main
Finding My Voice
My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work"
"Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."--Michelle Obama
"The ultimate Obama insider" (The New York Times) and... Read more »
In the President's Secret Service
Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle. Ronald Kessler reveals what they have seen, providing startling, previously untold stories about the presidents, from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as... Read more »
Inside the Private World of the White House
A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.
America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and...Read more »
How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
Now with a chapter on the chaos in the Trump administration, the New York Times bestselling, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country.
What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the... Read more »
What It Takes
The Way to the White House
An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race—and... Read more »