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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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    Michael Honolulu, HI, United States 08-10-12
    Michael Honolulu, HI, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    Would you listen to The Amateur again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again as there are some back stories surrounding Obama's closest aids that I found very interesting.


    What other book might you compare The Amateur to and why?

    Dick Cheney's memoir has similar stories. This book is about someone on the far opposite to Cheney though.


    What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

    I felt the narration was very good. His voice was clear and easily understandable.


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

    Valerie Jarrett seems to be a puppet master and works closely with Michelle Obama in making key decisions.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anastacio Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-09-12
    Anastacio Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    This book is a very good listen. The stories seem credible, even though some believe the book to be exaggerated. I usually take a while to finish an audiobook, but I finished this one in less than a week because it held mt interest. John McLain narrated The Amateur smoothly.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    rlovegreen 05-17-12
    rlovegreen 05-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    I have read mixed reviews of the author's other works so I listened with a skeptical ear. However I was immediately drawn into the story and enjoyed it very much. It promises to tell us about a man we know little about other than his carefully manicured public image. People on the right will have their suspicions confirmed. People on the left will dismiss it out of hand. I thought it was a good read, if a little unbelievable. That being said, if just 10% of this book is true, we are in big trouble. Recommended for political junkies.

    47 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    John St Louis, MO, United States 03-11-13
    John St Louis, MO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a great analysis"
    What did you love best about The Amateur?

    looking back at facts and mistakes and peaple behind the scenes......the iresponsible media, not protecting all Americans.....


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 06-18-12
    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    Great compilation of information. Where was this before the election of 2008? A must-read into the background of our least-vetted President.

    17 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Forbes Fresno, CA, US 06-12-12
    Ryan Forbes Fresno, CA, US 06-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

    Eye Opening Information


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

    Barry & Michele's "relationships" with the other people in their lives and how they just throw them under the bus.


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

    Inteaction between Hillary & Bill was like being a fly on the wall.


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

    Made me feel sad that we have someone so incompetent in the White House but sadly we knew that already. This book just confirmed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what is REALLY going on in the White House.

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 08-18-12
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 08-18-12
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    "A MUST READ BEFORE THIS ELECTION"
    Would you listen to The Amateur again? Why?

    It is very informative as to the inadequacy of the present inhabitant of the White House.

    It totally describes him to a T.


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

    When discussing the first international failure this man had as a president. When he decided to go to Copenhagen and beg for the Olympics to be turned down in the first round. It describes his arrogance and amateurish behavior. As the writer says: The president should never go anywhere unless he knows the outcome but he thought that his "charisma" would win the world over.


    What aspect of John McLain’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a little boring. I would have had someone else do the reading.


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

    Not everything that glitters.....


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A User United States 08-09-12
    A User United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Everyone should listen or read this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amateur to be better than the print version?

    Only listened to the audio.


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

    Obama Exposed


    Any additional comments?

    Every eligible voter in the USA should read or listen to this book before the election November 6th.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-25-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "No one is this evil, awful, bad, or dark. Aaargh!"

    Look, I decided not to vote for President Obama before I read "the Amateur: I'm sorry I wasted the time on this polemic. According to Kline Mr. Obama is the worst PERSON to ever sit in the oval office. He has no redeeming characteristics. Klein is so over the top that he convinced me to take another look at The President. And while I will probably still have sufficient reservations regarding his economic strategies, I'm certainly going to give him the benefit of the doubt after listening to Klein's relentless vilification. Okay... I have learned never to read anything by this author again. Unless you feel the need for a loooooong injection of hatred delivered by an author who may even have contempt for your intelligence.... Skip this book.

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    Gerri 09-06-12
    Gerri 09-06-12
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    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?

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    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....


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "I think he really doesn't like Obama"

    Of course, as a European, criticism based on Obama wanting to make the USA like some crazy socialist European state with a working national health insurance system, takes me a moment to decipher. I can understand the poor chap's frustration with a liberal media treating Obama's election like the second coming, but I got a bit tired of his polemic style, which never really managed to land killer blows on his object.

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