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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler (With)


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455588237
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 228,489
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

Acknowledgments 241

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