World As It Is : A Memoir of the Obama White House
by Rhodes, Ben







Prologuexi
PART ONE HOPE: 2007-2010
Chapter 1 In the Beginning
3(8)
Chapter 2 Talk To Iran, Get Bin Laden
11(10)
Chapter 3 A Community of Fate
21(11)
Chapter 4 The President Is on Board the Aircraft
32(13)
Chapter 5 Cairo
45(17)
Chapter 6 Obama's War
62(10)
Chapter 7 War and A Peace Prize
72(14)
Chapter 8 The End of the Beginning
86(13)
PART TWO SPRING: 2011-2012
Chapter 9 Egypt: The Transition Must Begin Now
99(10)
Chapter 10 Libya
109(16)
Chapter 11 Bin Laden: Life Inside A Secret
125(17)
Chapter 12 Gathering Clouds
142(14)
Chapter 13 Reaction and Action
156(14)
Chapter 14 Life, Death, and Benghazi
170(17)
Chapter 15 A Second Term
187(10)
Chapter 16 Young Men Wage War, Old Men Make Peace
197(12)
PART THREE CHANGE: 2013-2014
Chapter 17 Clenched Fists
209(14)
Chapter 18 Red Line
223(18)
Chapter 19 Becoming A Right-Wing Villain
241(13)
Chapter 20 Race, Mandela, and Castro
254(13)
Chapter 21 Russians and Intervention
267(12)
Chapter 22 Divine Intervention
279(11)
Chapter 23 Permanent War
290(10)
Chapter 24 New Beginnings
300(11)
PART FOUR WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT: 2015-2017
Chapter 25 Tapping the Brakes
311(11)
Chapter 26 The Antiwar Room
322(12)
Chapter 27 Bombs and Children
334(12)
Chapter 28 Havana
346(14)
Chapter 29 The Stories People Tell About You
360(12)
Chapter 30 The Stories We Tell
372(9)
Chapter 31 Information Wars
381(20)
Chapter 32 The End
401(22)
Acknowledgments423(2)
Index425


From one of Barack Obama's closest aides comes a behind-the-scenes account of his presidency-and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. Illustrations. Tour.





From 2009 to 2017, Ben Rhodes served as deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the administration’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy, and global engagement programming. Prior to joining the Obama administration, from 2007 to 2008 Rhodes was a senior speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. Before joining then–Senator Obama’s campaign, he worked for former congressman Lee Hamilton from 2002 to 2007. He was the co-author, with Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. A native New Yorker, Rhodes has a BA from Rice University and an MFA from New York University.






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