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The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Kantor
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible.



Then they moved in.



In The Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be President and First Lady. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life and the realities of power, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even those who thought they knew the President and First Lady.


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Illuminating ... For those who wonder how they do it - here's how (Amanda Foreman)

Lurid and irresistable (David Remnick The New Yorker)

This book is one of the first to give us a sense what the reasons were for the stumbles, the drift, the malaise that many of his own supporters believe has hung over Barack Obama since the day he came to power (Justin Webb The Observer)

In lesser hands The Obamas would be an act of astonishing overreach, but Ms. Kantor has earned the voice of authority. A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. The Obamas is full of gossipy tidbits that fuel a narrative about their marriage and how it has shaped the presidency (Connie Schultz The New York Times)

Jodi Kantor's book, The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage, is a stylish examination of the complexities and tensions within the presidential marriage (Evening Standard)

Laboriously researched and thoughtfully written...Kantor digs for detail and strikes gold (Giles Whitell The Times)

Kantor interviewed some 200 aides and officials, friends and relatives to give us the fullest picture of this presidency yet (Kate Figes The Telegraph)

Kantor reveals the conflict between maintaining a public and private life, and the overwhelming sense of confinement inside the White House (Christina Lamb Sunday Times)

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Illuminating ... For those who wonder how they do it - here's how -- Amanda Foreman Lurid and irresistable -- David Remnick The New Yorker This book is one of the first to give us a sense what the reasons were for the stumbles, the drift, the malaise that many of his own supporters believe has hung over Barack Obama since the day he came to power -- Justin Webb The Observer In lesser hands The Obamas would be an act of astonishing overreach, but Ms. Kantor has earned the voice of authority. A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. The Obamas is full of gossipy tidbits that fuel a narrative about their marriage and how it has shaped the presidency -- Connie Schultz The New York Times Jodi Kantor's book, The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage, is a stylish examination of the complexities and tensions within the presidential marriage Evening Standard Laboriously researched and thoughtfully written...Kantor digs for detail and strikes gold -- Giles Whitell The Times Kantor interviewed some 200 aides and officials, friends and relatives to give us the fullest picture of this presidency yet -- Kate Figes The Telegraph Kantor reveals the conflict between maintaining a public and private life, and the overwhelming sense of confinement inside the White House -- Christina Lamb Sunday Times

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17785 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846145678
  • Publisher: Penguin (10 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N5AQJG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Obama's - American Politics for Hello Readers 10 Jan. 2013
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There is a story that Richard Nixon once asked Chairman Mao what he thought about the French Revolution and it impact from 1789. It is said that Mao replied with the wise observation "that it was far to early to tell". This book on the Obama's by Jodi Kantor allegedly a serious journalist for the New York Times absolutely suffers from its instant history weakness syndrome but more than this you suspect that Kantor may have a secret ambition to write for Hello magazine. It is said that the book is a "filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life". The reality is that the book is written by someone who clearly is not sympathetic to the Obama's, has not had any access to them other than through gossip plus the Washington DC tittle tattle machine and who draws sweeping conclusions like Jackson Pollock once scattered paint. As such there is nothing in the book that is either game changing or particularly revealing. Indeed the book is primarily about Michelle Obama, whilst the historic importance of the first Black President, the brilliant campaign for his election, the somewhat dour first inaugural and other factors such as "Obamacare" are essentially footnotes in a book which starts in the White House and opens with the gruesome sentence "One late September in 2009 Barack and Michelle Obama were sitting in the gold and ivory splendour of of the Oval Office discussing the most personal of matters". The book is packed with this style of doctor surgeries magazine prose and is also heavy on celebrity fact. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating insight into life in the WhiteHouse 6 Feb. 2012
By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE
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I liked this book. It is well written and copes with the maize of american politics well, showing that although different from our own system it can be just as ludicrous.In the first half of the story I did not like the Obamas very much. There seemed to be little warmth between them. When reading of Mrs Obamas reluctance to move to the White House I could not help feeling she was dragged there screaming all the way. She came across arrogant and fiery as she refused to embrace the life of the first lady. Her insistence on continuing normal life was very naive. President Obama came across as weak and indecisive caught as he was between the two very powerful forces, his wife and his aides. I did not really understand the isolation of the White House, and this was well described, but I they made it much worse by not entertaining and making friends. During the second part I liked them much better. I felt sorry that he was so misunderstood and the work he had done was so little appreciated. Mrs Obama began to settle into her role and there was more family life which I felt missing earlier. The book was written in an easy to read style and a little humour was injected here and there. I am not a political animal but found I read it with pleasure. There is not the glamour or drama of the Kennedy era but the every day life of the White House was very interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gossipy without being trashy 18 Mar. 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Written by a journalist, this is an irresistible peek into the Obamas' marriage since the election. Kantor is a New York Times journalist and there are times when this feels more like a collection of column pieces than a single narrative but that suits the subject matter well. Broadly chronological, it explores the private as well as the public, and the tensions between the president and his wife as they try to maintain a sense of who they are under the public gaze.

As other reviewers have said, this is, in places, like a real-life West Wing, though there isn't really a sense of drama within these pages. Kantor is especially good on Michelle Obama, a woman with little faith in politics or Washington, but complete belief in the integrity of her husband. Her struggle to find a place for herself within the White House institution beyond simply being wheeled out at token `mom' and fashion clothes-horse, is quite poignant at times especially given her enormous intelligence and real passion for social change and equality.

This is just gossipy enough to feel revealing without tipping over into the trashy - an interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 19 Mar. 2012
By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE
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an interesting biography that delves into te relationship of the current president and his wife and thier journey to the presidency. the author followed the pair from about 2007 and so has had quite alot of access to them and thier staff and so has had time to build quite a full picture as much as a journalist can, but you cant help feel on reading it that the author is trying to join the dots with some assumptions based on speculation. there are conversations set out as if they are verbatim which unless she was there for these private exchanges seem a little unlikely that she would be able to address them as fact. Which makes me doubt some of teh accuracy of the book. On saying that it might be a case of using witness descriptions ( hopefully more than one) to actually fill in the gaps. All in all its well paced and well referanced on the whole and does spend a bit more time on Michelle, but then Kantor would probably have had more access to her than the candidate at the time and so would have more material. I felt I had learned alot more about the dynamic of their relationship, and how they got where they are today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politics and the Obamas, a good read.
This book was actually better than I was expecting. I had looked over the cover and wondered what kind of experience it was going to be, but I found myself really engaged with it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by reviewerforyou
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING and ENJOYABLE
This is the first book I’ve read by Jodi Kantor and I wasn’t disappointed. :-)

History is one of my passions. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. A. M. Chadwick
4.0 out of 5 stars she is an intllegent woman with a good education and has devoted...
Barrack Obama married Michele in 1992. these days women want to marry a man who has the same level of education and achievement. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars obamas
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Dale
2.0 out of 5 stars Dry as old bones - couldn't finish it
So Obama wins the presidential election - next move the White House. This proves to be a confusing, unsettling time, especially for Michelle as she grapples with the reality of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I read this book after reading a biography on Angela Merkel - had the taste for more political related stuff. This book did not disappoint. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Nicola Le Page
4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing account of presidential life
This is an enjoyable account of presidential life, revealing how politics in America operate in a manner accessible I suspect to a broad range of readers and not just the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lark
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the first African-American President
An excellent book for anyone interested in current affairs or politics; it gives the reader insight into the lives of world leaders. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amex Angel
3.0 out of 5 stars Mission Accomplished?
Author, journalist Jodi Kantor's take on the Obama phenomenon-a black president of a conservative nation like the USA- is well written and researched but ultimately for me, a bit... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jago Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The book follows three years of the Obamas first three years of his presidency and living in the White House. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Socks
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