The Obamas

Jodi Kantor

"A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and its disappointments. Ms. Kantor also — and this is a key — has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due."
— Connie Schultz, New York Times


In THE OBAMAS, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as the president and first lady try to grapple with their new roles, fulfill lofty promises, live inside a monument, raise children in the spotlight, and maintain some semblance of their old lives. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, personalities, struggles, and successes, THE OBAMAS will surprise readers who thought they knew the president and first lady, give readers a new way of understanding this presidency as the 2012 race unfurls, and show why the lives of the Obamas matter for us all.

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What People Are Saying about "The Obamas"

"Thoughtful [and] fluidly written, with a canny sense for the way political marriages can be useful prisms to see into ambition, power, gender and the contradictions of public life."
– Karen Long,
Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Obamas portrays "...Michelle Obama as a complex, yet human individual, struggling with this situation yet remaining the moral compass and center of an administration trying to find its footing."
— Jon Stewart,
The Daily Show
"Illuminating… For those who wonder how they do it—here’s how."
– Amanda Foreman, author,
A World on Fire
"A fascinating look at the intricate dynamics of an ordinary marriage, an unusual home, and an extraordinary presidency."
– Publisher's Weekly
"Jodi Kantor’s ‘The Obamas’ is among the very best books on this White House."
– Ezra Klein,
Washington Post blogger