The Obamas

The Obamas

Now with an updated preface

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they exuded promise and possibility and planned a White House that would be as normal and sane as possible.

Then inauguration came.

Jodi Kantor takes us inside the White House as Michelle and Barack Obama begin their transformation into President and First Lady. Filled with insight, surprising behind-the-scenes detail, and stories that never made headlines, it is a revelatory story of personal history on the political stage.

With a new preface surveying their post-White House future, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas illuminates the extraordinary partnership behind a historic presidency.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Family & Relationships / Marriage & Long-term Relationships

On Sale: August 7th 2012

Price: $16.99

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780316098762

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Praise

"'The strengths and challenges of our marriage don't change because we move to a different address,' Michelle Obama told Jodi Kantor early on. How though did those strengths and challenges evolve in the White House? What did they signal to the rest of the country and, how did they shape policy? An intimate, arresting view of a formidable couple and, especially, of a transformative First Lady, one who may have taught us more than we yet realize."
Stacy Schiff, author of The Witches
"A meticulous reporter, Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and disappointments. Kantor also--and this is a key--has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due. In the process we learn a great deal about the talented and introverted loner who married her, and how his wife has influenced him as a president...Kantor retires wooden stereotypes of the political wife as prop or a problem and instead explores what it means to be a modern first lady, one with her own opinions and an expectation that she will be heard."
Connie Schultz, New York Times
"The Obamas is among the very best books on this White House. It's a serious, thoughtful book on the modern presidency in general."
Ezra Klein
"Energetically reported.... Kantor nails her story.... We political gluttons will lick the spoon clean."
David Remnick, The New Yorker
"A portrait of a remarkable marriage.... Kantor's writing is insightful and evocative, rich with detail...[and her] reporting rings true--and considering the administration's insistence on presenting a unified front, it is a considerable achievement."
Kerry Luft, Chicago Tribune