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Inside Obama's White House

Mr Obama's willingness to be honest about the West's imperial past led conservative critics to accuse him of conducting an "apology tour," a meretricious dodge

Joe Klein | NYT 

The mass of political memoirs are sad occasions for score-settling and self-defence, accompanied by the occasional juicy anecdote intended to hype sales and betray confidences. This is not one of those. Ben Rhodes, who served Barack Obama as a foreign policy advisor and speechwriter from beginning to end, has written a book that reflects the president he served — intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled. And there is something more: The World as It Is is a classic coming-of-age story, about the journey from idealism to realism, told with candour and immediacy. It is not a ...

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 23:50 IST
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