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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? Audiobook

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2017 Alyssa Mastromonaco (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A candid and charming memoir of her unexpected career in government.... The memoir abounds with intimate glimpses of Washington, D.C., celebrities (Biden, Clinton, Michelle Obama, and scores more) and cheerfully dispensed survival strategies. An entertaining look inside the White House." (Kirkus)

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    H. Winslow 06-13-17
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    "A woman works for obama"

    Enjoyable read that provides insight into how the White House and Barack work. Really made me miss Obama. He called her when her cat died, for gods sake! Imagine the orangutan doing that

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Weswig 03-25-17
    Weswig 03-25-17
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    "Humorous, insightful, and empowering"
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    If you are looking for a book that is humorous, insightful, and empowering to women in leadership this is a great one for you. I think if you liked Tina Fey's and Mindy Kaling's books, you'll like this one too. I'm almost done with the audible version and love it!

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-06-17
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-06-17 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Engaging and funny"

    This is the autobiography/memoir of Alyssa Mastromonaco. She starts off telling about growing up in a small town in Vermont. While attending the University of Vermont she did her summer internship with Bernie Sanders. After college she worked for Senator John Kerry then obtained a job with Senator Barack Obama. When Obama became President, she became the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. She was the youngest women to assume this office.

    The author provides a look inside how presidential campaigns are run and what it is like to work in the White House. For those planning on a job in politics, she provides some pointers and a few examples are…. “always be prepared”, “Know as much as possible about the people you meet”,… “Be polite”… “Take responsibility for your mistakes”.

    The book is easy to read but did not follow a chronological order which was a bit confusing at times. I enjoyed the humor but what I did not enjoy was the profanity. If you are curious about politics or thinking about working in politics, you will enjoy this book.

    The book is about six hours long. The author narrated the book.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn D. Greene 03-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than expected!"

    I don't recall how I stumbled upon this book in Audible, but it was interesting, inspiring and laugh out loud funny! Worth the listen. I may listen again, it was that good.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    GLC 05-08-17
    GLC 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Insightful"

    Alyssa was very transparent as she walked you through the life of a staffer. As a Navy Staff Officer, I see a lot of similarities and sincerely appreciate her perspective. Being a staffer can be challenging so hearing how she navigated the various pitfalls was funny and insightful. I have already shared this book.

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    John Sweeney 04-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An honest, entertaining account of political life"

    More of a "how to survive working in politics" guide than a political memoir, Alyssa Mastromonaco's recounting of her time with Senator, Candidate and finally President Barack Obama is a must read for anyone contemplating -- or currently struggling through -- a life as a political staffer.
    Punctuated by personal stories and poignant advice throughout, Mastromonaco honestly details the difficulty of achieving a work life balance in the fast-paced world of politics. Though I imagine this story will be particularly helpful to women climbing the corporate or political ladder, "Who Thought this Was a Good Idea" should be on the top of any political geek's reading list, or that of anyone who looking to be entertained, informed and inspired.

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    Saee Deshpande 04-28-17
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    "A good, relatable story"

    I really liked what the author had to say. Very relatable in terms of a working woman's career path. My only criticism is around the narration. I really didn't like her style, but her anecdotes helped distract from it. I really recommend this to all young women.

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    corey 03-26-17
    corey 03-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great perspective"

    After hearing Alyssa on Make me smart podcast I couldn't wait to hear her story. My only issues with this book is that I couldn't stop listening and it was over too fast! The authors passion shines in her voice and her perspective and candid way of giving you the real deal was way refreshing. Great perspective on true politics when we need it most.

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    "A must read for every young woman"

    This is the perfect book for every young woman. Especially when you want to go into politics, or plan another big career. What makes this book so great is that Alyssa is so relatable, she writes about the big meetings with Obama she had, her love for cats and everything in between. You can be a woman with a big career and still be a crazy cat lady. This is an unique insight in the head of someone who looks like she has it all together, but on the inside is just as insecure as all of us.

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    Kim L. Lexington, KY USA 05-02-17
    Kim L. Lexington, KY USA 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"

    Ms. Mastromonaco is obviously a bright, energetic dynamo. I wished she had put more of that energy into writing this book. I love books about the Obama White House but I feel ripped off by this one. It's poorly organized and quite honestly I have the feeling she could written a much better book if she'd wanted to. I'm really disappointed.

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    "Funny, smart & inspiring in the best way"

    Warm, funny & very human.
    I basically want Alyssa to be my new best friend because she manages to make one of the most stressful jobs in the word seem like an absolute privilege (which it is, I guess).
    She's warm, funny as hell - all while being grounded & practical.
    The book is lovely to listen to- like listening to a friend and it's filled with great stories about her time at the White House that make the very idea of working in government & politics seem attainable & positive instead of the usual political memoir filled with backstabbing manoeuvring.

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    brilliant. benefits from narration by the author. really enjoyable. and thought provoking. well worth listening to.

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