The World as It Is: Inside the Obama White House
This beautifully composed memoir, written by someone who was arguably closer to Barack Obama than any member of the former president’s official family, contains much to admire. Ben Rhodes’ reflections on his eight-year tenure as Obama’s deputy national security advisor – the job title coming nowhere close to conveying the importance of his role – are frequently insightful, occasionally funny and sometimes quite moving. They are also carefully curated. The World as It Is both reveals and conceals.