To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)
  • To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)
  • To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)
  • To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)
  • To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)
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To Obama: A People's History (Hardback) To Obama: A People's History (Hardback) To Obama: A People's History (Hardback) To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)

To Obama: A People's History (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 18/09/2018
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One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy. A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. There is Peggy, a patriotic grandmother who thinks the President is trying to lead the country into socialism; James, who on the morning after the 2016 election tells the President to start packing; and Dawn, who writes to say that he made it possible for a very jaded generation to begin to hope and believe in the good. They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, with anger, fear and respect. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship with the American people, and at how this extraordinary dialogue shaped an era-defining presidency.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408894521
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Reminiscent of Tom Wolfe at his best. It may be trite to say that To Obama is itself a love letter, but that's how it reads: like a letter to someone long lost. It is steeped in a powerful yearning for a period in time that slips further from us with every passing day. How did we fall so far? * New Statesman *
A unique retelling of the Obama years, a people's history that views America's great political milestones through the impassioned writing of its citizens. And, for once, the president is refreshingly not the star of the show. That prize goes to his correspondents, whose loving, joyful, angry and despairing words tell the real story of Obama's America * Sunday Times *
A moving and inevitably nostalgic or even elegiac read, redolent of the human grace and statesmanship of the Obama presidency. A beautifully researched and written book * Observer *
To Obama gives us a glimpse of a secret and incredibly sweet world within his White House, and paints a portrait of a man deeply concerned with his citizens' problems, struggling to do the right thing. [A] startling, delicate and immensely readable story. Another poignant reminder of what once was * Telegraph *
Full of lovely details. The insight into America provided by the letters cleverly selected by Laskas is fascinating * Literary Review *
These stories, when you read them all together, tell the American story. It's inspirational, it's frustrating, it's angry, it's grateful, it's resilient -- Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Alternately heart-breaking and hopeful, angry and questioning - the empathetic, often poetic, polar opposite of the Trump twitter feed * Vogue *
The heartbreaking, hope-inducing letters tell the story of a nation * Elle *

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“Compelling and emotional”

This is probably one of the most compelling books I've ever read.
I had mixed emotions all the way through this book, at points I was even in tears. for Jeanne to have tracked down some of the people who had... More

Hardback edition
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Heather

“Riveting and thought-provoking”

Anyone could think that a book of letters would be boring, but this is no ordinary book of letters. Here is a treasure-trove of emails, notes, and missives both long and short, which members of the American public... More

Paperback edition
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“Emotional and optimistic”

You know that saying about the right book finding you at the right time? This was the right book for me today. I’ve had it waiting in my review list for ages (like, a year, which is embarrassing), but today I sat down... More

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