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The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage Paperback – 2 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241958180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241958186
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

When you're president and first lady of the United States of America, the personal is the political...That is as it should be. That is what actually happens in the White House. And Kantor's book is one of the best portraits yet of the arguments in this particular White House (Ezra Klein The New York Times)

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Thoroughly recommend this book.

As a UK reader I liked how it wasn't too policy/politics heavy. I like the mixture of West Wing and East Wing stories which so often overlap, in addition to the mixture of personal Obama family stories and stories from Washington. It makes the whole thing more readable, never getting too bogged down in the nitty gritty of Washington DC.

It was not quite the controversial read i thought it would be, however it is researched well and at times can be a little gossipy which is no bad thing.

Flew through it, would encourage anyone with interest in the American First Family to read it.
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