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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Klein Narrator: John McLain Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781470806040
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It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

“Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.”

Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never-before-published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including:

–The inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high-profile celebrity

–The real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons)

–Why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor

–How Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago

From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out-of-touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Amateur is the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country. I urge everyone who cares about America to read Edward Klein’s eye-opening book.”

    Donald J. Trump

  • “This is a racy, entertaining, informative book that illuminates apects of Obama and his team that have not been previously reported. A necessary antidote to the Obama worship that is sure to characterize the election debate.”

    Dinesh D’Souza, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A devastating indictment of the lethal combination of incompetence and radicalism that has made Obama into one of the worst presidents in American history.”

    Norman Podhoretz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “All the horrors I predicted in Welcome to Obamaland have now been definitively proven true by Edward Klein’s rip-roaringly readable new book The Amateur, which uses great stories and great reporting to illustrate just how ideological, arrogant, and hapless Obama and his administration really are. An outstanding demolition job on the most overrated president of our time.”

    James Delingpole, columnist for the Daily Telegraph (London) and the Spectator (London) and author of Welcome to Obamaland

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Walker | 2/11/2014

    " OK, I'm not a big fan of Saint Obama and the author isn't wild about "the amateur" either. Political spin books are all the rage right now. So I read this one with a grain of salt. Is it truth? Who knows? For me the author echoed some of the creeps I have about Obama with some interviews and historical records. And for me the title resonates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 2/9/2014

    " I wish Mr. Klein would have been a little less dramatic and less bias in his writing of this book and just presented the results of the interveiws and let the reader draw on there own conclusions. But what he wrote is nothing I didn't already suspect from this president. What you see in this book on Obama is what we in Illinois see every day in our state government, Chicago politics on a national level. I found it to be an easy read and helped fill in some of the blanks I didn't know. I enjoyed this book very much and hope others will read it to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saul | 2/7/2014

    " hahahaha very interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Haferd | 1/28/2014

    " Perfect description of the president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twohoffmans | 1/28/2014

    " This was obviously an anti-Obama book but I learned quite a few things...example; Obama passed on getting Bin Laden several times before they did. It is always interesting to find what really goes on in our government. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 1/25/2014

    " This book feels like it was written by an amateur. The quality of the writing was poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/24/2014

    " Obama's understanding of his role is only slightly more disturbing, then the description of normal politics at the capital. However, it is a shame we can't vote Valerie Jarret out of office. Also, Chicago's dirty politics haven't changed much since my High School history book was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Wright | 1/19/2014

    " Must read if you want to get to know our President! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jeremy | 1/11/2014

    " I know these kinds of books are one-sided, but I love reading about how a multitude of politicians, personalities, celebrities, and ordinary citizens' view of the current president went bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/6/2014

    " Great read for all political parties. Obama is not who he tries to portray on the outside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karrel Buck | 1/6/2014

    " Everyone should read this book before they vote in November 2012 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 1/6/2014

    " this book is Excellent. Its what every person should read to get an inside look at the Amateur who is trying to destroy our country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanja | 12/29/2013

    " A real eye opener.I bought this in hardcover to pass it on to others.This is definitely a must read for the time!Easy to read, hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baxter | 12/20/2013

    " Well, I see why this has moved up on NYT list this week. Conservatives always understand what is here. Liberals won't read or won't believe. But the title says it all - an amateur in the top political job of this nation, and someone elected him. Are we in for a repeat? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Klanderman | 11/28/2013

    " Good read. It made me wonder about the competency of the present administration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 11/28/2013

    " It was interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/17/2013

    " It was at the library, and it was available. Not a very rosy picture of the president, but then again I never bought into the hopey-changey crap in the first place. Will it change some minds? Maybe. Will it matter in November? Time will tell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Falkner | 11/1/2013

    " If you want to read about the real Obama, this is the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fil | 10/18/2013

    " A little to the right for my tastes but many valid arguments were made. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 7/5/2013

    " More insight~ but not much. Stating the obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ce | 5/10/2013

    " I am not surprised. Trite, bitter but well documented and believeable. Unfortunately. It is what it is and there is nothing that will change it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darla | 1/12/2013

    " A must read for all Americans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/4/2012

    " Wow. This was eye opening because I'm not up on my politics. I had no idea Obama had made so many mistakes and had so many enemies. Well written book and really made me think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Robinson | 10/20/2012

    " A well written researched book that reveals the inside forces and influences within the Obama administration. The book illustrates not only the narcissism and arrogance of Barack Obama but goes deeper and reveals a president who is dangerously naive and inexperienced; a very revealing read! "

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About the Author

Edward Klein is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction author. He is also the former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine. He frequently contributes to Vanity Fair and Parade and currently lives in New York.

About the Narrator

John McLain is a professional voice actor whose audiobook credits include After Dachau, The Last Nightingale, Too Much Stuff, and the Western noir novel Pop. 1280. He also narrated The Vow—the true story basis of the motion picture. He was nominated for an Audie Award in 2012 for The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses. On stage, he has appeared in The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Amahl & the Night Visitors, and The Music Man.