Carol L. Hopkins

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  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work for posterity, not tomorrow's talking points

  • By Josh on 06-14-18

In The Room Where It Happened!

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Reviewed: 07-06-18

Ben Rhodes puts you in the room where it happened. With an amazing memory for detail, color, and events you yearn to be with him in that room. Until Barack Obama writes his own memoir I have no doubt that The World As It Is will be the definitive history of those 8 amazing years when the U.S. was still the moral leader of the free world and had a president who strove every day to be the best he could be and help us to likewise find greatness within ourselves.

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