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The Amateur Audiobook

The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

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Publisher's Summary

It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

“Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.”

Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never before published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago.

From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out of touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.

©2012 Edward Klein (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

The Amateur is the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country. I urge everyone who cares about America to read Edward Klein’s eyeopening book.” (Donald J. Trump)

“This is a racy, entertaining, informative book that illuminates apects of Obama and his team that have not been previously reported. A necessary antidote to the Obama worship that is sure to characterize the election debate.” (Dinesh D’Souza, New York Times best-selling author)

“A devastating indictment of the lethal combination of incompetence and radicalism that has made Obama into one of the worst presidents in American history.” (Norman Podhoretz, New York Times best-selling author)

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    linda henderson, NV, United States 09-03-12
    linda henderson, NV, United States 09-03-12
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    "very informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amateur to be better than the print version?

    i have not read the print


    What did you like best about this story?

    the lo down on the president and michelle


    Which character – as performed by John McLain – was your favorite?

    michelle O


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    overall good expose'

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 05-21-12
    Alan 05-21-12
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    "COMPLETELY AMAZING!!!"

    Thank God there is finally someone that will tell the truth about obama. I'm so sick of the lapdog media begging at the table of obama and spinning his crap in a positive direction.

    Both the author and narrator did a masterful job of presenting the information. The book delves deep into the ego and arrogance of the illegitimate presidunt. I will be listening to this book at least 2 or 3 times!

    I highly recommend this book to every American!

    37 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 09-08-12
    Greg 09-08-12
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    "This book will make you angry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an important education for all of us on what really goes on in the Obama administration. I expected a far-right slant in this book and was surprised to learn how Obama has taken a balance approach in how he has screwed over his most ardent democratic supporters and contributors as well republicans.

    In the end, we all lose as a country. Read this book, then vote your conscience in November.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michelle by far. She plays the country like a fiddle coming across as the loving mom and supporting wife while pulling all the strings inside.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I was surprised to learn how much Obama is an introvert, built a staff of Chicago people he could trust rather than people who are competent for their jobs.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri 09-06-12
    Gerri 09-06-12
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    "Eyeopener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It will help anyone to understand who Barack Obama really is and where he is coming from.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The in depth interviews of people close to the Obamas.


    Have you listened to any of John McLain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Everyone should read this book for facts about the Obamas and where they really started....


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchell 09-03-12
    Mitchell 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A must for the voting citizen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The title says it all! It is shocking to think that america and the media allowed the office of the presidency to occupied by a complete amateur.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Steilberg Metairie LA 08-02-12
    Terry Steilberg Metairie LA 08-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Survived Katrina

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    "Gives the real story behind the man"
    What made the experience of listening to The Amateur the most enjoyable?

    Because it just confirmed everything I already suspected.


    If you could give The Amateur a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The truth at last


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for every voter before the November elections.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gary R Santino 07-10-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Why did this guy get elected?"
    Where does The Amateur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It told first hand accounts and was well researched


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The parts with the Clintons was very eye opening


    Have you listened to any of John McLain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Kids in the White house


    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 11-20-13
    Lori 11-20-13 Member Since 2015

    Working mom (HRMgr/healthcare) in western Michigan. INTJ. Red Vines. Disneyfreak.

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    "Well, I couldn't even finish"

    I was hoping to hear some intellectual rationale for Obama's performance issues, not a rant from folks who seem to react very personally to Obama's slights. I found little substance, little objectivity, and lots of sensationalism. I love a good celebrity rag - have a home subscription to "OK" magazine. That is what this felt like, and I just was not expecting that. Will keep looking for a more robust approach to what I believe is a valid topic.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. Johnston Michigan USA 09-28-12
    J. Johnston Michigan USA 09-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pride Goeth Before the Fall"

    The Amateur is a chilling look at the Machiavellian machinations of the Obama White House which is sure to rankle more than just a few feathers.

    While supporters of the President might dismiss Klein's "insider information" on the Obama White House as of questionable credibility, consider that we actually knew very little about the man before he became President. Moreover, in the 4 years since assuming office, I think many would agree that the scenario painted by Klein of life inside the West Wing in many ways explains the often times inexplicable messaging and decisions emanating therefrom.

    We knew that Mr. Obama was not terribly qualified to do very much when we elected him, yet most of us undoubtedly expected that he would "grow" into the office as many of his predecessors have (JFK being one good example). In addition, we expect Presidents to surround themselves with knowledgeable people who can guide them. While Mr. Obama did succeed in selecting a number of savvy aides like Rahm Emanuel, the picture we have is one where an inner cadre of distinctly unqualified, selfish, and egotistic individuals have effectively insulated Mr. Obama from the very people who might help him succeed.

    Led by Valerie Jarrett and the First Lady, the inner-circle filter machine of Axelrod, Gibbs, et al, cloister the President from his advisers, ensuring a clumsy left-activist agenda that serves neither the interests of the Republic, nor their leader. There never has been, nor is there likely to ever be the type of "triangulation" used to great positive effect by Bill Clinton, in an Obama administration.

    For his part, Mr. Obama is rather comfortable with this arrangement, as he has always been loathe to even the most constructive forms of criticism. Indeed, he sees himself as unerringly "correct" in all his views and infallibly capable of carrying out whatever mission he sets out to conquer. This is a man that has had much handed to him in his life, and has exerted precious little effort (beyond his charismatic charms) to achieve what he desires.

    What emerges from all this is an arrogant, insulated, and thin-skinned man possessed with the notion that it is his job to reshape the world into his image of fairness, regardless the price paid by the American people and the Republic. Klein observes that Mr. Obama cannot grow into the job, nor is he interested in doing so because after all, he is always right.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patty United States 09-10-12
    Patty United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating read!"
    Where does The Amateur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Klein's book is one I hope everyone will get a chance to read before the election in November. His sources are people in the news who can be trusted to be truthful.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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