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West Wingers (Digital Audiobook)

Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House

By Gautam Raghavan, Gautam Raghavan (Narrator), Michael Strautmanis (Narrator), Brad Jenkins (Narrator), Kyla Garcia (Narrator), Heather Foster (Narrator), Cecilia Muñoz (Narrator), Hope Hall (Narrator), Michael J. Robertson (Narrator), Raina Thele (Narrator), Lynn Rosenthal (Narrator), Bill Yosses (Narrator), Darienne Page (Narrator), Deesha Dyer (Narrator), Various (Narrator)

Publication Date: September 24, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/25/2018)

Description

The Obama White House staff invites us behind-the-scenes of history for a deeply personal and moving look at the presidency and how a president's staff can change the nation

When we elect a president, we elect with them an entire team that will join them in the West Wing to help run the country. Each of these staffers has a story to tell, and in West Wingers, Barack Obama's White House staff reveals how these extraordinary citizens shape the presidency and the nation.

In these moving and revealing personal stories, eighteen Obama staffers bring us deep inside the presidency, offering intimate accounts of how they made it to the White House, what they witnessed, and what they accomplished there. In each one we see the human face of government, staffers devoting themselves to the issues that have defined their lives. We hear from a married gay staffer pushing the president towards marriage equality; a senior aide working to implement the Affordable Care Act while battling Stage IV cancer; a hijab-wearing Muslim adviser accompanying the President to a mosque. From the triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, this book tells the history of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly to support his vision for America. More than just a history though, West Wingers is an inspiring call to arms for public service, a manifesto for the power of committed public servants to make real change, and a powerful testament to what true diversity, inclusivity, and progress can look like in America.


Audiobook Table of Contents:

Evolution,
by Gautam Raghavan, read by the author
Becoming a Man, by Michael Strautmanis, read by the author
Imagine Joey Lucas, by Leah Katz-Hernandez, read by Kyla Garcia
Laughing Between Two Ferns, by Brad Jenkins, read by the author
Amazing Grace, by Heather Foster, read by the author
Worth It, by Cecilia Muñoz, read by the author
Go Toward the Good, by Hope Hall, read by the author
Big F’ing Deal, by Michael J. Robertson, read by the author
Alaska, by Raina Thele, read by the author
A Call to Action, by Lynn Rosenthal, read by the author
Behind the Mahogany Doors, by Bill Yosses, read by the author
Full Circle, by Darienne Page, read by the author
Imposter, by Deesha Dyer, read by the author
September 12, by Ned Price, read by the author
Sí Se Puede, by Julie Chavez Rodriguez, read by the author
Right Where We Belong, by Rumana Ahmed, read by the author
Fiery Latinas, by Stephanie Valencia, read by the author
Before We Were Us, by Aneesh Raman, read by the author

With a preface and additional sections read by author Gautam Raghavan


About the Author

GAUTAM RAGHAVAN served as Barack Obama's liaison to the LGBT community as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islander community from 2011-2014. Prior to this, he worked for the Department of Defense, the 2008 Obama Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Raghavan was born in India, raised in Seattle, and graduated from Stanford. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband Andy and their new daughter, Maya.