Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice

Susan Rice was the Ambassador to the United Nations during Obama’s first term and the National Security Advisor during the second term. Prior to that, she was a career State Department diplomat in charge of part of Africa. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation’s youngest assistant secretaries of state.

In this book, she delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country. From her childhood to the present day, she proves to be a fierce woman with a purpose. In the public and political square, Susan Rices’ tough love experience shows up when she fights for integrity, honor, and rightness.

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The World As It Is – Inside the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes served Barack Obama as a speechwriter, Deputy National Security Advisor, multi-purpose aide, and close collaborator, starting every morning with Barack Obama in the Presidential Daily Briefing.

This book tells the full story of what it means to work in the White House – from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency; the ins and outs of the Obama administration; of how idealism can confront reality and survive; and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately friendship with a man who also happened to be a historic President of the United States.

Ben Rhodes was not your normal presidential aide and this is not your normal White House memoir. This is a rare look inside the most consequential, tense, and poignant moments of the Obama presidency, rendered in vivid, novelistic detail from someone who was a writer before he was a staffer: waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room; starting every morning with Barack Obama in the Presidential Daily Briefing; responding to the Arab Spring; reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran; leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations; confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump.

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