The Obamas by Jodi Kantor

I’ll say up front that I can’t be unbiased about this book: I have great admiration for this couple who has put their lives on the line to serve their country.  Author Kantor is a New York Times correspondent who took hundreds of hours of interviews with family, friends, White House officials, and the Obamas, as well. The material spans from the 2008 election up to August 2011, the month the President turned 50. It’s a fascinating picture of the difficulties and triumphs of two married people with different philosophies and personalities who continue to increase their impact–he working through government structures while the she devotes her energy to creating grassroots, community-based programs and initiatives. Anecdotes and quotes reveal plenty of personality clues–for me, a satisfying and inspiring read.

Reviewed by Grace


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