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.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
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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