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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, Lauren Oyler
- Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
- Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.
Engaging and funny
- By Jean on 04-06-17
Not what I was expecting
I have to admit, I just wasn't a fan of this book. I was thinking this was be a comedic approach to what working for Obama was like in the white house. Instead, it was a memoir of Alyssa's last 10 years, which includes her working in the white house. I would not say it was comedic either. Some of the stories end on a funny note, but I wasn't laughing throughout the story.
The main issue I had with the book was that it wasn't in chronological order. She does address this, at the end of her book, that she wanted it organized by theme, not by time. This would have been beneficial if it was split into those categories and labeled as such. This made it very difficult to follow along with as I felt like a bouncy ball, never knowing where were were at.
Others have stated this book would be great to encourage young women in politics. I disagree. I feel like I read more about her IBS than I did encouragement to other women.
A First-Rate Madness
- Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
- By: Nassir Ghaemi
- Narrated by: Sean Runnette
- Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.
A First Rate Journey Into Resilience
- By Pearl Glacier on 02-19-13
Manic-Depressive here...loved it
This book is fascinating and has helped provide insight into my own disorder. It helped me come to terms with some aspects and enlightened me on others. I liked the non-psychoanalytical approach. The modern approach was more revealing and my disorder does not seem as much of a burden anymore. Not that I intend to seek a presidential run someday, but the presented public figures can still assimilate at my level. Great read.
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