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4.0 out of 5 stars The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage., 18 Feb 2012
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`The Obamas: A Mission, Marriage.' is a portrait of the first couple during their first few years in the White House. This explores the lead up to his election and the hope that was placed in him. It looks at the settling in period that Michelle toiled with and the struggle she had finding her place in the administration. We see how the Obama girls are looked after and used to enhance Barack's image as a family man. And we see the difficult decisions he had to make and the awkward relationships that clashed amongst his closest advisors.

In an easy to read style and with enough depth to maintain interest, but not so much as to overwhelm, Jodi Kantor offers up an insight into the Obamas life that many may not even be aware of. His isolation and stubborn streak is highlighted and Michelle's forceful personality shine through. The book isn't initially that flattering and you get a good picture of why some of the shine has come off the Obama star since his election. This is quite hard to see in the UK as we are removed from the day to day battles and media information. But, by the second half of the book you see how Obama attempts to change and be more inclusive and open. You see after his success' and small changes how much better things could've initially been and hope that if he gets a second term he can steer things along a calmer, more productive course.

This has two photo plate sections which show the president and his family in both formal and informal scenarios, which adds to the text and also illustrates some of the particular anecdotes.

This book is clear and engaging and regardless of your political leanings or whether you like Obama or not, you will be left with a deeper insight into his character and first few years in power. An interesting book that is worth a look at some point.

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