To Obama: A People’s History

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Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from constituents. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. This is the story of the profound ways in which they shaped his presidency. Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Obama was given ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens – the unfiltered voice of a nation – from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was the first president to interact daily with constituent mail and to archive it in its entirety. Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter writers themselves, and the White House staff who sifted through the powerful, moving, and incredibly intimate narrative of America during the Obama years.

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One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy.

‘The real story of Obama’s America’ Sunday Times

Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed.

In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. At once desperate, joyful, hateful and despairing, they form an intimate portrait of one man’s relationship with the American people, and of a time when empathy intersected with politics in the White House.

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Weight 0.334 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.6 cm
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Paperback

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x, 401

Language

English

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973.932092 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K