The acclaimed New York Times bestseller, now in paperback!
"Always fascinating and very funny, Alyssa's book is full of juicy stories from one of the world's most glamorous jobs." - Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?
If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this...
Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders.
But for every historic occasion-meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm-there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren't nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.
Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a "White House official" is supposed to look like. Here Alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work (and always carrying a spare tampon).
Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.
"A must-read for anybody who's even remotely interested in how Washington works." - Popsugar.com
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Alyssa Mastromonaco served as assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011 and as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011 to 2014. She currently works as chief communication and talent officer at A+E Networks and is a contributing editor at Marie Claire.
Table of Contents
Introduction: You're Probably Wondering How I Ended Up in This Situation 1
Chapter 1 Leadership, or Born to Run Things 13
Chapter 2 Preparedness, or The Patron Saint of Digestion 39
A Brief Interlude for Some More Preparedness Tips 55
Chapter 3 Independence, or You Can't Just Tagalong 70
Chapter 4 Self-awareness, or Are You There, FEMA? It's Me, Alyssa 92
A Brief Interlude on How to Be Responsible With Money 98
Chapter 5 Some Personal Shit You Should Probably Know 124
Chapter 6 Confidence, or The Hope Flood 138
Chapter 7 Humility, or Changes We Can Believe In, Sort Of, If We Have To 163
Chapter 8 Risk-taking, or Ah-LEES-ah Goes to Brooklyn 185
Chapter 9 Resilience, or A "Serious" Breakdown 198
Chapter 10 Kindness, or A Spirit Soars over Denali 215
Conclusion: Politics, Now with Less Navy 234
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent could not put it down ! Thanks for sharing , I miss Shum, too!!
This book was most enlightening! It is amazing to realize the complex details that must be considered ,planned for and undertaken to run a successful campaign. The stress is difficult to attempt to imagine. In the end, no wonder most President's hair begins to turn grey while in office. Many thanks Alyssa for writing this book. It should be required reading for anyone planning to run for a political office, including staff, etc.
Loved the book. It made me miss the days of Obama even more.
A very honest and fun memoir of life and times amongst some of DC's political elite.
This story was really interesting. I don't understand why this author ruined it by her vulgar language. I would have given it 5-stars if she would not have been such a potty mouth!
Quick read, real and funny! Recommend for young women in your life.
Stopped reading and deleted from Nook. Why so much bathroom talk?
A short and fun read, with interesting anecdotes --- like President Obama calling her from Air Force One to console her, when he was told about the death of her favorite pet.