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The Obamas by Jodi Kantor.. This is a great portrait of that most mysterious of American political institutions: a marriage. Really, it seems a happy one, but Tolstoy’s dismissal of same doesn’t make a happy family common. Very astute and thorough.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In lesser hands “The Obamas” would be an act of astonishing overreach, but Ms. Kantor, who covered the Obamas for The New York Times during the 2008 presidential campaign, and is currently a Washington correspondent for the paper, has earned the voice of authority. A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths."

The New York Times

"This is ... a portrait of a remarkable marriage, one with plenty of friction and contradictions. The president, cool and reserved, seems to be the more sentimental of the two; his wife, slower to warm to the challenges facing them, proves more demanding and results oriented. For all of Barack Obama's accomplishments, his wife is equally formidable — and possibly more pragmatic. At times, both seem to adopt an us-against-the-world mentality — he thinks Congress is full of self-interested dullards, she thinks voters just don't understand the magnitude of his accomplishments — that is simultaneously tin-eared and appealing."

The Los Angeles Times

Author bio: Jodi Kantor began her journalism career by dropping out of Harvard Law School to join in 1998. Four years later, she became the Arts & Leisure editor of the New York Times. She has been covering the Obamas since 2007, and though she is a Washington correspondent for the newspaper, she lives in Brooklyn with her family More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (359 pp. Obamaliscious: Kindle/Audiobook/Hardcover editions)

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