The Amateur by Edward Klein


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The Amateur is a quick read with quite a bit of useful information about the man with his finger on the nuclear triggers.
-The Constitution Club


It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his new 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 have run our nation and his presidency off the rails. “Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of 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 and about 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 Emmanuel 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
Obama’s problems with American Jews
How Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those that 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 blatant ignorance and incompetence is sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.

About Edward Klein

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Edward Klein is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including, All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy; The Kennedy Curse; and The Truth About Hillary. He is the former foreign editor of Newsweek, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
Published June 3, 2013 by Regnery Publishing. 289 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 16 2012

“The Amateur” by Edward Klein is a book about an inept, arrogant ideologue who maintains an absurdly high opinion of his own talents even as he blatantly fails to achieve his goals.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Steven Levingston on Jun 19 2012

...contains scenes that did not occur or that were vastly misconstrued, according to those who Klein says were present.

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Suite 101

Reviewed by Francine Brokaw on Sep 10 2012

Whether you are an Obama fan or not, the issues presented in The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House will make you wonder about many aspects of the president and his administration.

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American Thinker

Reviewed by Ed Lasky on May 14 2012

Readers will thoroughly enjoy Klein's book on Obama. There are substantive issues raised about Obama's leadership abilities that are enhanced with interesting digressions regarding life inside ObamaWorld

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Reviewed by Herbert Calhoun on Aug 07 2012

Of the twelve or so books I have read and reviewed on Mr. Obama, this one gets closer to the truth of Mr. Obama than any of the others

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Media Matters

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Reviewed by BEN DIMIERO on May 17 2012

Perhaps Klein's worst journalistic sin in The Amateur is that the book is boring.

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WV Gazette

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Reviewed by Paul J. Nyden on Jul 21 2012

so many serious charges against Obama are attributed to individuals who are never identified and events that are never documented.

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The Constitution Club

May 28 2012

The Amateur is a quick read with quite a bit of useful information about the man with his finger on the nuclear triggers.

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The Western Center For Journalism

Reviewed by Kris Zane on May 21 2012

the book is meticulously researched and at the same time highly readable.

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Charleston Tea Party

Reviewed by John Colber on Jun 09 2012

There is a lot covered in about 187 pages that have been carefully researched and has a ring of truth... I think Mr. Klein has, as far as the President is concerned, gotten uncomfortably close.

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Voice Of North Carolina

Reviewed by Don Delauter

Whether we vote for Obama or not, we owe it to ourselves to know the person we are voting for. “The Amateur” lays it out better than anything I’ve seen.

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Quick Book Reviews

Jul 03 2012

it is an amazing book that does a great job at showing the world the true face, goals and working method of the Obama administration

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Mike Kueber's Blog

Reviewed by Mike Kueber on Sep 30 2012

Although Klein clearly believes that Barack Obama is not qualified, either temperamentally or substantively, to be president of the United States, he makes his argument in a logical, dispassionate manner...

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