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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.

Description

New York Times bestseller!
If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this...

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders.

But for every historic occasion-meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm-there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren't nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.

Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a "White House official" is supposed to look like. Here Alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work (and always carrying a spare tampon).

Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.

Customer Reviews

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea

Unlike so many "insider" stories, this one pays homage to the incredible position the writer held in the White House. While sharing in the fun insider stories, the reader never loses sight that the writer realizes that she was in a most privileged position to see history being made. It is also a book of empowerment, exemplifying that (nearly) anything is possible.

Playful, fun insight into politics

Enjoyed this book. Playful, funny, and humble stories!

A pleasant read.

I actually enjoyed her story, though it seems very self-congratulatory. And I agree, burn those pants. They make your butt look huge!

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Mar 21, 2017
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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