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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? (Digital Audiobook)

And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

By Alyssa Mastromonaco, Alyssa Mastromonaco (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 20, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/6/2018)
Hardcover (3/21/2017)
Paperback, Chinese (10/1/2018)


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.

About the Author

Alyssa Mastromonaco is Chief Operating Office at VICE Media in Williamsburg, NY. Previously she served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House from 2011-2014 and as Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance at the White House from 2009-2011 worked for Senator Obama on his campaign and in his Senate Office and PAC since 2005. Earlier in her career she was Director of Scheduling for Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004 and before that was Press Secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher. Mastromonaco serves on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves on the Board of Director for, Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin Political Science Department and the board of the University of Vermont Honors College. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire. Ms. Mastromonaco received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1998.