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Obama White House Staff Book Reviews

I thought I'd group these two together. The first is a new release this week and the second book didn't get carried over form my old page so I posted a quick synopsis here. has been out for a few months and probably needs a boost at this point. I love reading behind the scenes books.

Love the Title

most of all. It's so tongue and cheek and smart like the rest of this book. I think this would be a great tutorial for a young person who wants a glimpse into what a political campaign and White House win is really like. If you like documentaries this book is for you. I'll admit it had me feeling nostalgic for a President who speaks in complete sentences. I felt like I got a peek behind the closed doors of the White House speech writers office.  David saw my review on Goodreads and had this to say: 

Hi Jen, I'm glad you liked it! I was happy to see that your review specifically mentioned young people - I'm hoping people starting out in their careers will read Thanks, Obama and get excited about going into politics. - David Litt

Another look into the White House

Alyssa may not be from Chicago, but she certainly seems like she absorbed a lot of our attitudes on life. If time had allowed I would have plowed through this memoir in a day. It's an easy, honest peek not only into The White House but into the life of a very average person who works there. Alyssa worked her way up the ladder into a job as deputy chief of staff for Barack Obama. I know I have a real problem with imposter syndrome as does Alyssa through most of this book. She is shocked when after firing off an angry email that Obama himself counsels her that she is scaring the staff. She is just so normal, and I think that although the chapters on list-making might have made more sense as an appendix, this reads like an honest conversation between a mentor and student. Alyssa includes many details that I know I would have flinched at. It's mostly those moments that you'll tell a close friend and hope that your coworkers never hear about. I loved that she was so honest and open about mistakes and just bad luck situations that she found herself in. Spoiler: I cried a little when her cat died.

My review was on an uncorrected proof copy that I received in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley

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