Barack Obama’s third memoir weighs in at 751 pages of text. The man likes to talk. The book sounds like him. You don’t wonder, as you’re reading, whether this is the product of a ghostwriter. And for fans and historians, there is presumably much more to come, as this volume takes us only up to May 2011.
Obama aimed to help readers understand what it’s actually like to be president, and in that, he succeeded pretty well. He waxes lyrical about the beauty of the Rose Garden (and the dedication of its gardeners), he raises an eyebrow at the lavish gifts
This article appears as “Appraising a Presidency” in the February 22, 2021, print edition of National Review.
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