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The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House | [Edward Klein]

The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

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.
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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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    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 05-21-12
    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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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!

    36 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 06-02-12
    Carol 06-02-12
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    "God help us"

    If even a fraction of this book is true.... and my observation allows me to believe all... 2012 is a crucial vote for or against the life I've enjoyed in the USA.

    17 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    F. Brown 07-10-12
    F. Brown 07-10-12

    phranque

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It fleshes out those subtle, unspoken observations about the man's ineptness as a leader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amateur?

    It answered and confirmed the question of his seeming arrogance.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was a narrative performance; just average.


    Could you see The Amateur being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Since the public is not privy to the mechinations of politics, we are subject to the sound bites which come across the news. Obama's presidency seemed riddled with dithering; spurious and evasive. In other words, he appeared to be inept. But these were just impressions I developed since I didn't know the details of how he went about his decision-making for the first 3 years of his time in office. This book brings out the impetus behind his policy making and answers the "why" of those things I was *THOUGHT* I was observing but wasn't quite sure.

    6 of 11 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


    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    patrick MACON, GA, United States 03-24-14
    patrick MACON, GA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Insight on President Obama's thought processes"
    If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

    A must-read


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The information that the mainstream media ignores and won't mention.


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

    This is the first one.


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

    Barack Obama, his past, his friends, his personality, behind the scenes & what drives him.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're having trouble reconciling President Obama's words with his deeds, this book pretty much clears it up. This author seems to have done quite a bit of background research into President Obama's past, and interviewed lots of people who new him before he was president. I'm surprised he could find people to talk at all, considering the nature of the information they had.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. Thailand 11-23-13
    J. C. Thailand 11-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.

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    "Behind the scenes look inside the White House"

    I love tell-all biographies and this book is a satisfying read, for the behind the scenes and the secrets, the insults, the mistakes, and the "oops I shouldn't have said that - but can't take it back now" kind of things. This is how the White House really works. Although I support Obama, he's not perfect. No one is. Obama has some lofty ideals - listen to this audio book to find out how those ideals bit the dust. It's a great listen. Holds your interest beginning to end. It's funny how some people like the first or second half better. I found the first half better, more interesting things about people. The second half was more about politics, strategy and international relations - also good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 11-20-13
    Lori 11-20-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Cypress, TX, United States 07-08-13
    Daryl Cypress, TX, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "And yet, he was re-elected....."

    This is not a scholarly work, nor is it possible to substantiate some of the claims that this book makes. However, if even part of this book is true, then it does not bode well for America that he is still in power.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kalie Birmingham, AL 03-14-13
    Kalie Birmingham, AL 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So, you are telling me he is a politician??"
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    Obama didn't call campaign donors back?? He is an egotistical academic elitist?? WHAT! This is brand new earth shattering news!

    The man is a politician! That is what politicians do. While this book gives you a little more insight into the life of Obama, I felt like the author was digging for reasons to hate President Obama. Things that actually mattered, like how he voted as an Illinois Senator, opposing the Induced Infant Liability Act and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label "born alive" abortions were talked about for a quick minute. Then the author proceeded to talk a good thirty minutes talking about how Michelle Obama had a temper... again what a shocker that a woman can be emotional. It was slightly informative regarding foreign policy, but even then it felt like a one sided attack.

    In the end, it was one man's crusade to prove why Obama was a terrible person and an Amateur on the side. Not really the unbiased perspective on his lack of qualification I was hoping for.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Carroll C. Earnest Hoover, Alabama United States 11-29-12
    Carroll C. Earnest Hoover, Alabama United States 11-29-12
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    What did you love best about The Amateur?

    The facts, The whole book was based on interviews the author had with many sources. It was scary. I hope The president learns more in these next four years than he did in the first four.


    What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

    I could concentrate on what was said not how he was speaking.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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