Ben Rhodes

The World As It Is
  • The World As It Is

  • ‘One of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people’ BARACK OBAMA


    A revelatory, behind-the-scenes account of the Obama presidency and a political memoir about the power of words to change our world


    This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes.

    A young writer and Washington outsider, Rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. For nearly ten years, he was at the centre of the Obama Administration – first as a speech-writer, then a policy maker, and finally a close collaborator.

    Here, Rhodes tells the full story of his partnership – and, ultimately, friendship – with a historic president. From the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours in the Oval Office, he puts us in the room at the most tense and poignant moments in recent history.

    ‘Vivid, lucid, enjoyable… A compelling account of life in the Obama White House’
    Justin Webb, The Times

    ‘A stylish, beautifully written political memoir’
    Colum McCann

From 2009 to 2017, Ben Rhodes served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama overseeing the Administration’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, from 2007-2008 Rhodes was a senior speech-writer and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. Before joining then Senator Obama’s campaign, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton from 2002-2007. He was the co-author, with Tom Keen and Lee Hamilton, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. A native New Yorker, Rhodes has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from New York University.