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The World As It Is

Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Random House presents the audiobook of The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes, read by Mark Deakins, with an introduction read by the author.

This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes.

The World As It Is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader, of how idealism can confront reality and survive, of how the White House really functions and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president. 

A young writer and Washington outsider, Ben Rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. Chosen for his original perspective and gift with language, his role was to help shape the nation’s hopes and sense of itself. For nearly 10 years, Rhodes was at the centre of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then a policymaker, and finally a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. 

Rhodes puts us in the room at the most tense and poignant moments in recent history: starting every morning with Obama in the Daily Briefing; waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room; reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran; leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government; confronting the resurgence of nationalism that led to the election of Donald Trump.

This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama’s presidency. It is an essential record of the last decade. But it also shows us what it means to hold the pen and to write the words that change our world.

©2018 Ben Rhodes (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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I bought a copy for my mother

This book is outstanding! Not only is it an extremely articulate insight into the Obama administration, it perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of Ben himself.

It was such a good book that I bought a paperback copy for my mother.

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Consumable and detailed listen

This is my eighth or so book on Obama, and the majority of them have been quite light (David Litt/Alyssa Mastromonaco/Dan Pfeiffer / Beck Dorey-Stein etc) with unique takes on his presidency - this one is BY far the most dry one yet, it mostly not read by the Author which I really felt disappointed with, I like it when it feels more authentic - like someone is telling me personally about their time in the White House.

Still, I did however learn a lot more than I did in the other books due to the level of depth in here, and so if you are looking for more of a blow by blow account of policy changes etc then this is for you - I also enjoyed being able to tune out a little and still say connected to the story because of how detailed it was.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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  • Dudley
  • Sydney, NSW, AU
  • 01-07-2018

This about President Obama’s foreign policy

I learnt a great deal from this book. I recommend it to those interested in US foreign policy.

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  • Boyd Neil Rash Robins
  • 27-01-2019

Ben Rhodes should've narrated the whole book

My only complaint is that I wish that Ben Rhodes had narrated the whole book and not just the Preface. It was easier to hear the emotion behind the narrative when he was narrating his story.

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  • Tantardini Marco
  • 15-09-2018

As inspiring as sad

Inspiring and very well written as the speeches he wrote for President Obama. Sad, as there is a sense that all that he believed in and has worked on for almost ten years has gone.

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  • Colicia
  • 20-06-2018

A good read

this book offers an intimate portrait of the Obama Administration Through The Eyes of one of his closest aides. Ben Rhodes did a good job of revisiting the eight years that he would have toiled wholeheartedly believing in everything that President Obama and the administration's worldview stood for. he was candid and intimate about how this experience would have affected him at various stages and shaped the person he is now

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  • Rudolph
  • 25-07-2018

This is the time to listen to this book

As European, I am very annoyed, how things are developing in the US. The way how our good relationships are destroyed, I had thought impossible.

This book shows us that the opposite is possible, I sincerely look forward to the next elections.
Hopefully we can forget the present nightmare and repare the damage done.

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  • Amazon4132
  • 12-09-2019

Outstanding

This is an incredible and detailed insight into the Obama administrations 8 years. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in or trying to make sense of our current crazy politics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-2019

History doesn’t travel in a straight line

Absolutely brilliant book. Truthful and no nonsense writing style. Great performance too, though I would have preferred Ben to keep reading past the introduction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-2018

A great book about a great world leader

A fascinating insight into the workings of the White House and Obama. What an incredible man and leader.

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  • DPW
  • 14-10-2018

Insightful

An incredible insight into a Whitehouse where things actually worked.. Rhodes provides a perfect blend of policy details, and the impact that operating at the highest levels of government has on the individual (and those close to them).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-2018

Narrator fairly crap and uninspiring.

Excellent book let down by a poor narrator. The Obama accent was pretty terrible and the overall performance was a let down.

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  • KRB
  • 15-07-2018

Great book, a must read!

I loved this book. Gives great insight into Obama and his years as president. Awesome book!

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  • Kenneth Taylor FCCA
  • 12-07-2018

Obamas world <br />

just about this best story of Obama and his 8 years as President of the USA

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  • DT
  • 28-06-2018

Insightive, interesting and well written.

Really interesting read. Gives you a window into the Obama Whitehouse. Learnt plenty I was previously unaware of. Great narration too

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  • Dan
  • 27-06-2018

Timely and important

Not only is Ben Rhodes’s narrative timely and important, but the audio performance is spectacular. You feel like a fly on the wall of the world as it was progressing - a different time. But as Rhodes and Obama remind us, progress does not always move in a straight line. Thank you, Ben.