The World as It Is

Ben Rhodes

The World as It Is



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What was the atmosphere like in the White House during the early days of President Obama's term? What went on behind the scenes that led to the spread of fake news and Donald Trump being voted in as the next American President? In his book The World As It Is, Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama's former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speech Writing, offers us a backstage pass into the White House of the first African American president of the United States.

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Analysis and key concepts


Barack Obama’s presidency was the result of volunteer work and the symbol of hope for the American people


The problems with the ambivalence of American foreign policy started right away for President Obama


The Arab Spring and the capture of Bin Laden led to a period of reaction rather than action


In 2013 the Republican press began to spread fake news


Ben Rhodes played a key role in the reconciliation with Cuba and Raul Castro


The Russians were behind the war of misinformation that won Trump the presidency


Handing over the office to Donald Trump was a very sad ending for the Obama presidency




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Many useful tips to:

  • Glimpse behind the scenes of the White House during Barack Obama’s presidency.
  • Understand the impact Republicans had on the perception of American foreign policy between 2009 and 2017.
  • Understand the complexity and work behind each and every decision made by the President of the United States.

Born in Manhattan, New York, in 1977, Ben Rhodes is an author and political commentator best known for his role as Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speech Writing during Barack Obama's presidency. Prior to joining the presidential entourage, Rhodes majored in English and political science, and later in creative writing, and then served as a volunteer during Rudy Giuliani's campaign to become mayor. He was an important contributor to the study group on Iraq and member of the 11th September Commission. He has written two books: The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House and After The Fall: Being American In The World We Made.

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Random House