Ten Letters by Eli Saslow
The Stories Americans Tell Their President

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Every day, President Obama reads ten representative letters among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heart­breaking, some angry, some hopeful. Indeed, Obama reads as many letters addressed “Dear Jackass” as “Dear Mr. President.” Eli Saslow, a young and rising star at the Washington Post, became fascinated by the power of these letters and set out to find the stories behind them.

Through the lens of ten letters to which Obama responded personally, this exceptionally relevant and poignant book explores those individual stories, taking an in-depth look at the misfortunes, needs, opinions, and, yes, anger over the current state of the country that inspired ten people to put pen to paper. Surprisingly, what also emerges from these affecting personal narratives is a story about the astounding endurance and optimism of the American people.

Ten Letters
is an inspiring and important book about ordi­nary people and the issues they face every day—the very issues that are shaping America’s future. This is not an insider Washington book by any means, but a book for the times that tells the real American stories of today.
 

About Eli Saslow

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ELI SASLOW is a staff writer at the Washington Post, where he covered the 2008 presidential cam­paign and has chronicled the president's life inside the White House. Previously a sportswriter for the Post, he has won multiple awards for news and feature writing. Two of his stories have also appeared in Best American Sports Writing.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Anchor. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Every evening, President Obama sits down to read ten letters selected from the 20,000 that arrived in the day’s mail.

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Every day, 20,000 Americans write the president, and the White House mail staff selects, and the president reads, 10 letters and e-mails each evening—he considers them “his most important daily reading.” The author selects 10 such letters, tracking down their writers, and reporting on their...

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Ten Letters: The Stories Amer...

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Through the lens of ten letters to which Obama responded personally, this exceptionally relevant and poignant book explores those individual stories, taking an in-depth look at the misfortunes, needs, opinions, and, yes, anger over the current state of the country that inspired ten peopl...

Oct 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Ten Letters: The Stories Amer...

Mother Jones

To keep a finger on the pulse of everyday America, President Obama reads 10 letters from the public each day.

Oct 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Ten Letters: The Stories Amer...

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