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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook of The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes, read by Mark Deakins, with an introduction read by the author.

This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes.

The World As It Is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader, of how idealism can confront reality and survive, of how the White House really functions and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president. 

A young writer and Washington outsider, Ben Rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. Chosen for his original perspective and gift with language, his role was to help shape the nation’s hopes and sense of itself. For nearly 10 years, Rhodes was at the centre of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then a policymaker, and finally a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. 

Rhodes puts us in the room at the most tense and poignant moments in recent history: starting every morning with Obama in the Daily Briefing; waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room; reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran; leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government; confronting the resurgence of nationalism that led to the election of Donald Trump.

This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama’s presidency. It is an essential record of the last decade. But it also shows us what it means to hold the pen and to write the words that change our world.

©2018 Ben Rhodes (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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A good read

this book offers an intimate portrait of the Obama Administration Through The Eyes of one of his closest aides. Ben Rhodes did a good job of revisiting the eight years that he would have toiled wholeheartedly believing in everything that President Obama and the administration's worldview stood for. he was candid and intimate about how this experience would have affected him at various stages and shaped the person he is now

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  • KRB
  • 07-15-18

Great book, a must read!

I loved this book. Gives great insight into Obama and his years as president. Awesome book!

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  • Kenneth Taylor FCCA
  • 07-12-18

Obamas world <br />

just about this best story of Obama and his 8 years as President of the USA

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  • DT
  • 06-28-18

Insightive, interesting and well written.

Really interesting read. Gives you a window into the Obama Whitehouse. Learnt plenty I was previously unaware of. Great narration too

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  • Dan Taub
  • 06-27-18

Timely and important

Not only is Ben Rhodes’s narrative timely and important, but the audio performance is spectacular. You feel like a fly on the wall of the world as it was progressing - a different time. But as Rhodes and Obama remind us, progress does not always move in a straight line. Thank you, Ben.

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  • Ms Debora Picone
  • 07-01-18

This about President Obama’s foreign policy

I learnt a great deal from this book. I recommend it to those interested in US foreign policy.