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The World As It Is


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A revelatory, behind-the-scenes account of the Obama presidency from perhaps his closest collaborator, and a political memoir about the power of words to change our world.

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From 2009 to 2017, Ben Rhodes served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama overseeing the Administration's national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, from 2007-2008 Rhodes was a senior speech-writer and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. Before joining then Senator Obama's campaign, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton from 2002-2007. He was the co-author, with Tom Keen and Lee Hamilton, of Without Precedent- The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. A native New Yorker, Rhodes has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from New York University.


Ben's one of the few who've been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the most compelling stories I've seen about what it's actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House -- BARACK OBAMA
Ben Rhodes ... has written a book that reflects the president he served - intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled ... a classic coming-of-age story, about the journey from idealism to realism, told with candor and immediacy ... There are anecdotes galore, but they illuminate rather than scandalize ... Ben Rhodes is a charming and humble guide through an unprecedented presidency ... As a result, his achievement is rare for a political memoir: He has written a humane and honorable book * New York Times *
Vivid, lucid, enjoyable ... A compelling account of life in the Obama White House -- Justin Webb * The Times *
Taut, compelling. -- Peter Conrad * Observer *
A page-turning, unfiltered, altogether human look at Barack Obama's presidency. Ben Rhodes - one of Obama's closest and most important advisers - opens up the defining issues of the presidency: from the role of race and the rise of conspiracy theories to the hunt for bin Laden, the Syria "red line" debate, and the secret negotiations Ben himself led to normalize ties with Cuba. Insightful, funny, and moving, this is a beautifully observed, essential record of what it was like to be there. -- Samantha Power, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

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