A nuanced, behind-the-scenes, and analytical narrative of President Obama's White House tenure, by NBC's award-winning Chief White House Correspondent.
Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-edged. While he'd been a brilliant campaign politician, working inside the system as president turned out to be much more of a challenge than Obama had ever imagined.
In The Stranger, NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's tumultuous White House years. In doing so, not only does Todd give us the most revealing portrait yet of this fascinating president and his struggles, but illuminates what "Obamism" really is, what the president stands for, and how his decisions have changed - and will change - American politics for generations.
©2014 Chuck Todd (P)2014 Harper Audio
This is classic Chuck. Job well done. Well researched, well engaged, excellent subject and issue knowledge. However, slightly too sensitive towards neutrality at the expense of objectivity, even then, just 2 inconsistencies throughout the whole book. Zero ideological bias in the whole thing and thanks for engaging even the most controversial of all issues without coming out as even slightly ideological. But biographical comparisons of Obama and other US politicians or politicians must observe the text that he is a the first black president and therefore the same circumstances and phenomena may solicit a different approach..Obama could not even given similar circumstances at every turn be successful or equally successful as either Clinton or Bush even if he made very decision they made at every turn.
"More of a chronicle than insightful about Obama."
The content does not live up to the title. I was hoping to learn a lot more about the President's relationship with Congress, but as with other books by Chuck Todd, there is a heavy dose of chronicling events that the informed reader probably already knows.
"Does not scratch the Game Change itch."
Not really. It's about 3 times as long as necessary. He goes into incredible detail about basic history that anyone paying attention for the last 6 years already knows. However, when he does get to the good stuff, he clearly has a lot of interesting and useful information to impart. He was there for a lot of this stuff, and has talked to everyone else who was there when he wasn't.
It feels like he wrote it for historians or students 100+ years from now who won't be already familiar with the major news stories of the very recent past.
Also, the structure of the book is a little baffling. It's kind of chronological, and kind of organized by topic, but he can't seem to commit to either approach. He needed a ruthless editor.
He clearly only read through it once, stumbling a few times a chapter, or mispronouncing something. I'm sure he makes a great TV interviewer, but he's clearly not a professional voice actor. Someone already familiar with his work and style might appreciate that more.
Overall worth it, but still disappointing. Then again, I'm going to finish it, so maybe my criticisms aren't all that well founded.
"wasn't impress with the analysis and very critical"
wouldn't recommend it and felt it wasn''t objective. focus was on what havent been accomplished all negative.
"One euphemism after the other."
This book was a let down. Sadly the author is a moderator, which is suppose to be a position of objectivity, for one of the United States most credible news media shows, meet the press. This book is anything but objective. I found this book to be very bias and almost offensive, filled with euphemisms such as "the stranger, arrogance, doesn't understand," etc." Right out of the 2008 John McCain playbook. That's like me writing a book about Chris Todd and making countless references to him being too cheap with his time and money to produce anything other than distorted truths. See the euphemism? Provide the info, the readers are smart enough to judge the facts for ourselves. There is also no consistency in this book. Chris Todd takes positions, usually critical of the President, but never in defense of a thesis. Todd never provides solutions which doesn't take much intelligence. This is also not a narrative, otherwise it wouldn't have the criticism present in the book. The President was already in D.C, as a senator, how could he be a stranger? I'd think a governor would better fit that description not ever having had experience in Washington. Yet nowhere can one find that unique description for other Presidents. Obama is as much a stranger as JFK, where is that book? The Stranger is about as useful as popular American media, not worth your time. Americans deserve better and more responsible journalist.
Probably not. Why is he writing this? He has so little new to report. And so dull.
A few interesting tidbits that are then used to imagine if only they hadn't happened, Obama's presidency could have been so much better.
Horrible reading. I kept lowering the volume. Just one word after another, all fast, same forceful tone. The few times he varies his tone and speed, it is such a relief. Why didn't he use a professional?
Big disappointment. Boring.
it was an excellent book. Chuck Todd needs to work on his narration skills but it was an overall pleasant experience
"It was okay"
It kept a rather erratic course often times movie from present to extreme past without any sense of structure.
It was ok. Not much that you don't already know. Just a rehash of the Obama presidency so far, done by Chuck Todd in that Chuck Todd style. I would say, if you're a political junkie and a Chuck Todd fan it's worth a listen.
If you want to know more about the way Obama manages his decisions this book will bring some light to it.
The amount of detail. At points probably too much but I won't take it away since for some readers is useful.
Clearly he is passionate about his own story and it conveys.
The few occasions when Obama gets personal. They did not move me but showed a different side of the President.
Good summary of one of the most important moments in American History: President's Obama Presidency.
This is a very excellent written narrated story. It gives you so much background and insight on the man, the legacy, the policy and everything in between.
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