The Obamas by Jodi Kantor audiobook

The Obamas

By Jodi Kantor
Read by Robin Miles

Little, Brown & Company 9780316098755
12.28 Hours 1
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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 try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black president and first lady. 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 Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the president and first lady.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

A USA Today bestseller

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 try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black president and first lady. 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 Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the president and first lady.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In lesser hands The Obamas would be an act of astonishing overreach, but Ms. Kantor, who covered the Obamas for The New York Times during the 2008 presidential campaign, and is currently a Washington correspondent for the paper, has earned the voice of authority.”  New York Times
A portrait of a remarkable marriage.... Kantor's writing is insightful and evocative, rich with detail...[and her] reporting rings true--and considering the administration's insistence on presenting a unified front, it is a considerable achievement. Kerry Luft, Chicago Tribune
Energetically reported.... Kantor nails her story.... We political gluttons will lick the spoon clean. David Remnick, The New Yorker
A meticulous reporter, Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and disappointments. Kantor also--and this is a key--has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due. In the process we learn a great deal about the talented and introverted loner who married her, and how his wife has influenced him as a president...Kantor retires wooden stereotypes of the political wife as prop or a problem and instead explores what it means to be a modern first lady, one with her own opinions and an expectation that she will be heard. Connie Schultz, New York Times
'The strengths and challenges of our marriage don't change because we move to a different address,' Michelle Obama told Jodi Kantor early on. How though did those strengths and challenges evolve in the White House? What did they signal to the rest of the country and, how did they shape policy? An intimate, arresting view of a formidable couple and, especially, of a transformative First Lady, one who may have taught us more than we yet realize. Stacy Schiff, author of The Witches
The Obamas is among the very best books on this White House. It's a serious, thoughtful book on the modern presidency in general. Ezra Klein
“Energetically reported.”  New Yorker
“[Kantor’s] writing is insightful and evocative, [and] rich with detail.”  Chicago Tribune
“Jodi Kantor offers a glimpse into the tensions of a culture that expects our women to achieve as highly as our men but our first ladies to take a back seat to their presidents. The result is a sympathetic portrait of both Obamas that could help to humanize an administration criticized as being aloof and inaccessible.”  Nation
“The stories are titillating, and you’ll gulp them down like salted peanuts.”  Entertainment Weekly
“[Kantor’s] thoughtful new book is fluidly written, with a canny sense for the way political marriages can be useful prisms to see into ambition, power, gender and the contradictions of public life.”  Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Kantor’s book reveals many unknown stories and revelations about the connection between the personal and political in this presidency, and how the first couple’s partnership affect us all.”  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Author

Author Bio: Jodi Kantor

Author Bio: Jodi Kantor

Jodi Kantor began her journalism career at Slate.com in 1998, and four years later she became the arts and leisure editor of the New York Times. For six years she wrote about Barack and Michelle Obama, covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Her bestselling book The Obamas was published in 2012. She is a contributor to “This Morning” on CBS.

Megan Twohey is a prize-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children. As a reporter with Reuters, she uncovered an underground network in which parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the Internet, and the series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. While reporting at the Chicago Tribune, she exposed how police were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes, the result of which was that Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit. She is a contributor to NBC and MSNBC

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 12.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English