The Amateur

The Amateur

Barack Obama in the White House

Book - 2012
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Think you know the real Barack Obama? You don't--not until you've read The Amateur

In this stunning exposé, bestselling author Edward Klein--a contributing editor to Vanity Fair , former foreign editor of Newsweek , and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine --pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive White Houses in history. He reveals a callow, thin-skinned, arrogant president with messianic dreams of grandeur supported by a cast of true-believers, all of them united by leftist politics and an amateurish understanding of executive leadership.

In The Amateur you'll discover:

Why the so-called "centrist" Obama is actually in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead
Why Bill Clinton loathes Barack Obama and tried to get Hillary to run against him in 2012
The spiteful rivalry between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey
How Obama split the Kennedy family
How Obama has taken more of a personal role in making foreign policy than any president since Richard Nixon--with disastrous results
How Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett are the real powers behind the White House throne

The Amateur is a reporter's book, buttressed by nearly 200 interviews, many of them with the insiders who know Obama best. The result is the most important political book of the year. You will never look at Barack Obama the same way again.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Regnery Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781596987852
Characteristics: 277 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.


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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.

Feb 02, 2013

I read a lot of Edward Klein books and most of the people he writes about I am a fan 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.

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.

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.

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?

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