Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

By Alyssa Mastromonaco , with Lauren Oyler
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5.97 Hours 03/21/2017 unabridged
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If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this. Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, long before his run for president. From the then-senator’s early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made hope and change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders. But for every historic occasion—meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm—there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren’t nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican. Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, this is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a White House official is supposed to look like. Here Mastromonaco shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.

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New York Times Bestseller

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this.

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, long before his run for president. From the then-senator’s early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made hope and change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders.

But for every historic occasion—meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm—there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren’t nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.

Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, this is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a White House official is supposed to look like. Here Mastromonaco shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work

Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Alyssa is a force: whip-smart, humble, and funny as hell. Her writing is as fearless as she is. Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Girlboss
Few people have had as much access and influence over national events over the last decade as Alyssa Mastromonaco. No matter how serious the crisis or hard the problem, Alyssa took care of it with great skill and professionalism, and even greater humor. This book tells the story of a young woman succeeding under extraordinary circumstances, and throughout it all, never taking herself too seriously. Stephanie Cutter, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama
I've often wondered how a woman can be so many things wrapped up in one dynamic package. Alyssa is my fairy godmother: she's wise, resourceful, insanely smart, and makes me laugh in a very special way. Her stories - from the front line of the White House to her kitchen - will entertain, inspire, and humor you for a long time to come. Amanda de Cadenet
WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is everything we’ve come to know and love about Alyssa over the decade we worked with her: brilliant, funny, grounded, and inspiring. Anyone who’s interested in politics - especially young people - should read this book. Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Favreau, former communications director and speechwriter for President Barack Obama
Always fascinating and very funny, Alyssa’s book is full of juicy stories from one of the world’s most glamorous jobs. Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?

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Author Bio: Alyssa Mastromonaco

Alyssa Mastromonaco is chief operating office at VICE Media in Williamsburg, New York. Previously she was assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011-2014 and as assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009-2011. She worked for Senator Obama on his campaign and in his Senate Office and PAC. Earlier in her career she was director of scheduling for Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004 and before that was press secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher. She serves on the board of trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the board of directors for HeadCount.org, board of visitors for the University of Wisconsin political science department, and the board of the University of Vermont Honors College. She is a contributing editor at Marie Claire. She received a BA degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1998.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English