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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From one of Barack Obama’s most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.

“The closest view of Obama we’re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir.”—George Packer, The New Yorker  

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN

For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.
 
Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency—waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump.

In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there—from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and—above all—Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama’s worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

Praise for The World as It Is

“A book that reflects the president [Rhodes] served—intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled . . . a classic coming-of-age story, about the journey from idealism to realism, told with candor and immediacy . . . His achievement is rare for a political memoir: He has written a humane and honorable book.”—Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama—and the author of The World as It Is—travels the globe in a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers.

In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spoke with was poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he came to know saw their movement snuffed out, and America itself reached the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance.

Part memoir and part reportage, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. In his travels, Rhodes comes to realize how much America’s fingerprints are on a world we helped to shape, through our post–Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism and our post-9/11 nationalism and militarism; our mania for technology and social media; and the racism that fueled the backlash to America’s first Black president. At the same time, Rhodes learns from the stories of a diverse set of characters—from Barack Obama himself to Cuban rebels to a rising generation of international leaders—that looking squarely at where America has gone wrong makes clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world.
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Todas las crisis internacionales de la presidencia de Obama contadas desde dentro.

Durante más de ocho años Ben Rhodes fue testigo de todo lo que sucedió en el Gobierno de Barack Obama, primero como redactor de discursos, después como asesor adjunto de Seguridad Nacional y finalmente como ayudante polifacético y estrecho colaborador.

Sin embargo, Rhodes no fue el típico testigo presidencial y estas no son las típicas memorias sobre la Casa Blanca. Escrita con desbordante personalidad y un gran énfasis en el detalle, esta es una excepcional mirada a algunos de los momentos más conmovedores, tensos e importantes de la Administración Obama: la captura de Bin Laden, la respuesta a la Primavera Árabe, el acuerdo nuclear con Irán, las negociaciones secretas con el Gobierno cubano para normalizar las relaciones entre ambos países o la confrontación del resurgimiento del nacionalismo y el nativismo que culminaron con la elección de Donald Trump.

En El mundo tal y como es, Rhodes nos comparte los momentos vividos en el ala oeste junto a un hombre que cambiaría la historia de Estados Unidos, pero sobre todo nos contagia el frenesí que supuso escribir con un simple bolígrafo palabras destinadas a transformar el mundo. En definitiva, una crónica de la educación política de un talentoso escritor que nunca perdió su idealismo y que registró de forma excepcional las fuerzas que han dado forma a la última década.

Reseñas:
«Las memorias políticas suelen ser tristes ocasiones para ajustar cuentas o defenderse personalmente, y suelen estar acompañadas de alguna anécdota jugosa destinada a exagerar ventas y traicionar confidencias. Este no es el caso. [...] El mundo tal y como es se enmarca en el clásico género de literatura de aprendizaje y narra el viaje del idealismo al realismo, contada con franqueza e inmediatez.»
The New York Times

«La visión más cercana de Obama que obtendremos hasta que publique sus propias memorias.»
George Packer, The New Yorker

«Ben Rhodes es una de las mentes más brillantes y uno de los escritores más convincentes que jamás he conocido.»
Jon Favreau, exdirector del equipo de redacción de discursos del presidente Obama

«Una mirada irresistible a la presidencia de Obama, sin edulcorar y completamente humana... una imagen de cómo era estar ahí, enfocada con una perfección que convierte el libro en algo imprescindible.»
Samantha Power, exembajadora de Estados Unidos ante las Naciones Unidas

«Ben Rhodes es una de las mentes más brillantes y uno de los escritores más formidables que jamás he conocido. En El mundo tal y como es, no solo te invita a entrar en eldespacho de Obama para presenciar los momentos más clave de su presidencia, sino que te captiva con el viaje de un joven idealista que se convierte en el consejero y amigo más cercano del presidente. Es un viaje que tanto cínicos como simpatizantes encontrarán cautivador a la vez que optimista.»
Jon Favreau

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