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If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this....

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade and long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears and lots of briefing binders. But for every historic occasion - meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm - there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren't nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.

Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a White House official is supposed to look like. Here Alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work (and always carrying a spare tampon).

Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is the brilliantly funny, frank and inspirational memoir from a savvy political star.

©2017 Alyssa Mastromonaco (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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  • Susie
  • 08-25-17

Great book!

Thanks Alyssa, what a great insight into Life at the White House! You are an inspiration!

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  • Duncan Mackechnie
  • 08-30-17

Maybe Alyssa thought this was a good idea.....

What disappointed you about Who Thought This Was a Good Idea??

The author comes across as a 16 year old that cant quite believe that she worked in the White House and I have difficulty in believing it too ! Her obsession with personal detail - Tampax machines, IBS , her toilet habits are cringeworthy - she appears totally self obsessed - I am no prude but her continual use of the F work and Shit become totally tiresome. The result is that that you know nothing more about the main events of the presidency than before.

Has Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? put you off other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

The book is clearly pretty awful , but, the listening experience would have been better if we did not have to listen to Alyssa.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing as positive as that - its 5 hours of my life I wont get back.

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  • Jennifer
  • 08-28-17

Disappointing

Although the topic is interesting the reader's voice was irritating and childish. And the constant referrals to her period, tampons and bowel movements was annoying. Overall a disappointing listen.

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