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Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership

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The extraordinary partnership of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is unique in American history. The two men, their characters and styles sharply contrasting, formed a dynamic working relationship that evolved into a profound friendship. Based on original interviews, media reports, memoirs and other accounts, Barack and Joe is the first book to tell the full story of their historic ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barack and Joe is a great refresher about the real life bond between the former president and vice-president. Levingston's book chronicles the relationship by highlighting important events from their days in the Senate to the more current moment of Biden deciding to run for President in the 2020 cycle. The author does a great job recounting the veepstakes process of Obama picking Biden to be his running mate. I believe it was the first detailed account that I have read of the negotiations between t ...more
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
Ooh, Hachette and NetGalley just approved me for this hot upcoming (b)romance novel :p

Sweet! Thanks for the DRC!
Genevieve Trono
Sep 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Barack and Joe is an intimate look at the making of the powerful partnership between Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It shares both the professional and personal journey these two went on as they navigated a campaign, a presidency, family loss, and day to day life challenges.

I appreciated that it looked at both the highs and lows and enjoyed that at first, they weren't quite sure of one another as they were both eyeing a run at the presidency. Watching their connection unfold as Barack eventually c
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

A vivid and inspiring account of the "bromance" between Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Donna Hines
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I love a book that provides such thoughtful insight in a manner in which it's fair to all sides without the need to be politically correct.
It truly doesn't matter what side of the aisle you are on what matters is the fact we don't lose sight of the goals and where we want the world to go into the future.
It's about coming together to work for a common cause and while these two bromanships is like water and oil in terms of their diverse backgrounds they came together when it mattered m
Jul 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
I love this book so much! I respect these two men completely. You
will be so happy at their amazing friendship! This book does
not disappoint explaining how their close friendship just kept
growing. I deeply enjoyed reading about them again as I have
missed them so much!

Thank you so much, the writer, NetGalley and the Publisher for
giving me the opportunity to read about these men again!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a wonderful look inside the relationship between our recent president and his VP. Mr. Levingston did a great job of highlighting what went into making this bond, the good and the bad, and what made it so unique. I revisited cherished moments of their administration and learned some news things about each man. And, I'll tell you, if you don't cry at Mr. Levington's description of Beau's funeral or Joe's Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, something might be wrong with you. My appreci ...more
Peter Z.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
"Absence of scandal"

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Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Though I am probably biased, I thought it was a pretty fair account of history. It wasn’t so much about politics but about the relationship between these two amazing men. It read really well, especially for nonfiction.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: I received this book complimentary from Hatchett through Netgalley. This is my honest review.

Imagine getting to work with your closest friend? One that becomes more like a brother after being your political rival? I’m sure it was challenging in the beginning and over time became a relationship of trust. It must feel good to have someone you trust being able to watch your back, in what is the most stressful role. This is a book that I have been looking forward to after watching
Heather Bennett
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Barack and Joe is a interesting book and I enjoyed reading this. A good book to read. Well written and you will learn a bit about Biden.
Debra  Saturday
Nowadays, it is common to see the words, ' Don't you miss these guys?' when referring to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Indeed, I think we do miss them. Even the other side of the aisle in Congress probably wishes the political world was a be more polite as it was with the former President and the former Vice President.

In this book, Mr. Levingston goes into deliberate detail as to what made Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden, the team. And yes, it was a team, yet it was a long time in the making.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The political bromance, Barack and Joe's friendship, and collaboration will forever leave its footprint in American history.

Starting from political rivals, the two managed to build a strong foundation of the phenomenal President & Vice President team. This book tells the story of two democratic US senators who came from two completely opposite backgrounds but shared an important mission. This is not a biography of either man, this is a story of their bond, the way they were able
Cozy Cat Reviews
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a exquisite book detailing the wonderful respect and friendship between our great President Obama and Vice President Biden that grew from their patriotism and love of country. Both men had a deep respect for each other and this chronicles their road to friendship and how they shared the same patriotism morals (and beliefs) to serve our country. It is a wonderful read of a great time in our history of our greatest President in 50 years and his working relationship with a equally great Vic ...more
Heidi Lengenfelder
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Books for an eARC of this book for an honest review.

I loved watching the friendship between Obama and Biden over the eight years they shared as President and Vice President. This book does a really great job of chronicling their friendship along the way. It follows their professional and personal journeys. I have always been a big fan of these two and this book solidified my appreciation for them. If you're a fan of these two, pick this book up and yo
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of Obama's books and loved Biden's last book. This take on the two men just didn't grab my attention. It was slow going, and I had to put it down several times.
Doris Raines
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For one who loved the dynamic duo, this is a book that enlightens and enhances what on behind closed doors, how their beliefs intertwined and lots more. If you loved Barack in office, you will love this book.

Brilliant book! Truly brilliant!
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Steven Levingston is the non-fiction book editor of the Washington Post and author of "Kennedy and King", "Little Demon in the City of Light", and "The Kennedy Baby." He has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and Washington and reported and edited for the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune.