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The World as It Is

A Memoir of the Obama White House

By Ben Rhodes
19-minute read
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The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House  by Ben Rhodes

The World as It Is (2018) is a deeply personal look at the Obama presidency, written by a man who not only worked closely with the forty-fourth president, but also became his friend. Taking us on a behind-the-scenes tour of Obama’s presidency, from his first campaign to Trump’s inauguration, these blinks also chronicle the author’s personal journey from fresh-faced staffer to hardened national security operator.

  • History and politics buffs
  • Anyone interested in an inside look at the highest levels of government
  • People who want a better understanding of the state of US politics today

After working on Barack Obama’s first election campaign as a senior speechwriter, Ben Rhodes served as Obama’s deputy national security adviser from 2009 to 2017. In that role, he oversaw communications and speechwriting for the administration's national security policy. Previously a congressional staffer and a writer, he coauthored Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission.

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