The Amateur

The Amateur

Barack Obama in the White House

Book - 2012
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AlanReynolds Nov 14, 2013

Read this book from cover to cover. In Oct 2013. Since it was written prior to President Obama's re-election, we've seen the results of his Amateurish stab at leadership as pointed out by this book. The majority of the interviews done by the author are with former friends of Obama (regretfully, there is an entire chapter on Oprah but no interview directly with her, only her representative). This book is very prophetic!! I am sure it will be used as source reference when this Presidency is reflected on in the future.

joehanna45 Apr 29, 2013

Read the book several months back. Written like a news article you'd read in the Times or Wall St. Journal. Interesting that the Obama Administration hasn't refuted anything written in the book either because they choose to ignore it, or refuse to admit events in it. Reader should make their own mind up by reading it, either way.

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HopeButterfly
Feb 02, 2013

I read a lot of Edward Klein books and most of the people he writes about I am a fan of...so again I read and take this book with a grain of salt!!!!

rufus_red4 Oct 06, 2012

I've not read the book but the fact that Edward Klein describes Obama as 'ideologically far to the left' makes me dismiss it outright. Now that we're on the crest of his possible second term, we've come to learn that Obama is not liberal enough for the progressives, and not conservative enough for the Tea Party Congress. In the end, he's very centrist. Though he does sympathize with the social issues that mean a lot to me, gay rights as far marriage, serving in the military and bullying as well women's health care, he's been pretty tough killing Bin Laden and using drones to get Al Qeada extremists, unfortunately killing innocent people along the way.

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jw0321
Sep 17, 2012

I've been perplexed by much of Obama's presidency. While I was never a supporter his relationship with his base has been hard to fathom, Mr. Klein has provided useful clarification. This book deals almost exclusively with Obama's actions as President, and relationships with supporters. I've read other material concerning Obama, much about his unusual personal narrative or future plans.

This one, while not always attributed (sometimes for obvious reasons) deals with the Obama's disdain for politics which has often limited his effectiveness at pursuing his agenda.

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SpyderGT
Sep 01, 2012

I anticipated Klein would provide attributable evidence of Obama's alleged amateurism (and arrogance) of Obama. Unfortunately, Klein relies most heaviliy on unattributed comments and near gossip. I understand the role of and the need to protect confidential sources, but I found it unbelievable that so few comments were "on the record" or attributable. Further, I anticipated that Klien would provide comparisons and contrasts with the actions of politicians that Klein would consider experienced and competent. Specifically, I expected examples of what "better" Presidents (or Presedential Candidates) did or would likely have done when faced with similar issues and events i.e., benchmarks against which to assess Obama without preconceptions or biases. Such examples were virtually non-existent. Unfortunately this book fails in providing a critical analysis of Obama's abilities. Obama supporters will consider it a politically motivated "hatchet job", while Obama detractors will revel in the unattributable anecdotes as they were hard evidence. I expected someone with Klein's jounalistic background to have done better in making his case.

soundguy1999 Aug 22, 2012

No matter your political leanings this book will make you stop and think.

mikeyppl Aug 14, 2012

Enough with the Obama bashing already. Maybe what this country needs is to let these idiot Republicans run the country for four years. After that I doubt you would see another Republican elected for another 100 years.

pw1040 Aug 12, 2012

Although many of the incidents in this book are not attributed, the author's methodology leads one to believe that there is substance to them. If so, it's alarming that this man has the chance to be reelected. An important read, no matter which side of the aisle you stand.

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mtuttle
Jul 27, 2012

Judging a book by its cover, it has a terrible title that makes one wonder if the author considers Bush to have been a professional?

bdemian Jul 21, 2012

Should be in the 'fiction' category; Klein is entitled to his own opinions but not his own 'facts.' Gives muckraking a bad name.

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bevl
Jul 15, 2012

Very one-sided, but comments seem well-documented. Easy to read and interesting.

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XxMoonlightxX
Jun 20, 2012

I rarely comment on books but I feel I have to on this one. If what I have read in this book is fact (and I am assuming it is), President Obama doesn't even respect his wife enough to tell her the truth let alone the American population. Excellent and educating read for anyone who believed in "hope and change".

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eplevine
May 24, 2012

I've heard a lot about this book - would like to read it and make my own opinion. Alas, it's not available through the BPL.


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