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

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Grand Central Publishing, Mar 21, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
New York Times bestseller!
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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User Review  - mmaestiho - www.librarything.com

I took a page of notes for this book - absolutely one for up and coming ambitious women (and men) to read. Lots of less than standard advice about how to grow up without coming off as patronizing. It's her account of how she figured it out (so far) and it's really refreshing. Read full review

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User Review  - Murphy-Jacobs - www.librarything.com

Funny, pleasant, even moving, recounting of a young woman's life in politics, filled with little bits of advice to other women who want a similar career. I hear Mastromonaco frequently in the podcasts I listen to, and it's easy to like her after reading the book. Read full review

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About the author (2017)

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.

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