A Tale of Two Presidents

Book - 2018
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"As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency--and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it. Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out. Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first five hundred days of the Trump White House. What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth. In Shade, Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316421829
Branch Call Number: 973.932 SOUZA
Characteristics: 235 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 06, 2019

Great book! Shows what a complete fool Dumpy is and how jealous he is of President Obama, the greatest president in modern history. Poor Dumpy - in 10 years no one will admit to having voted for him. He will be know as a black stain on the history of the United States of America.

JCLHelenH Mar 17, 2019

@petesouza just gained a follower.

Mar 01, 2019

 great movie

Feb 28, 2019

Without getting into the politics, this book reminds me how much I miss having a dignified President.

Jan 26, 2019

A follow up to Souza's earlier extensive book of photographs of the Obama administration. This takes news headlines and excerpts, as well as remarks and tweets from the inept twit currently occupying the Oval Office, and contrasts them with images of the former President during his time in office, among other items Souza took during his time as official photographer. Souza started this project first as an Instagram project to speak out against the current administration in a way that mixes humour and accuracy. Among the many things one takes away from this quick read is the sharp contrast between a carnival swindler and the integrity of the man who came before him.

Jan 18, 2019

This book does an excellent job of contrasting the aspirations and integrity of the Obama White House with the aspersions and indecency of the Trump White House.

Jan 14, 2019

Awesome photos, frightening comparisons between past and present.

Dec 17, 2018

Great candid photos by WH photographer during both terms of Obama. Reminds me of what a loving, compassionate, conscientious man he is and how lucky we were to have him for 8 years. Uplifting and enjoyable.

CarleeMcDot Dec 13, 2018

When I was looking up the new Michelle Obama book, I saw this as a recommended read so I got on the wait list at the library. Like most books I pick up, I didn't know much about it before I cracked the cover. Pete Souza, the author, was the Chief Official White House Photographer while President Obama was in office. Since President Trump has been in office, he has been posting his fair share of images with somewhat snarky (or shady) captions on his personal Instagram account (@petesouza) in response to some of the things he has been seeing. His posts didn't reference the exact situation, but if you were following the political news of the day you may know what he was referencing. Well, he put his posts together in this book - along with the tweets or news articles that his posts are in response to. The book is about 250 pages long, but because most of it is focused on images or 140 character tweets it is a very quick read (I think I finished it in about an hour). Obviously this is not a book for everyone, but I definitely appreciated it - especially his call to action at the end. For what it was (more of a picture book with captions), I would give it a 9 out of 10.

Nov 30, 2018

Beauty, no matter when we encounter it, is a gift to be revisited as many times as necessary especially in the bold-divisive climate in which we find ourselves. As far as the Royalties the Obama's receive from their life story, This is the EXACT same thing most former President's and first ladies receive for their memoir's . Please continue to use MY tax dollars to uplift vs tear down. As most of us have learned from being a child "if you can't say something nice...Don't say nothing at all.

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