I'm going to be honest: I am not normally a fan of political biographies. That being said, Obama could read out the terms and conditions of my phone plan, and I would find it entertaining and insightful. Like many others, I am thankful that he has taken the time to write down his thoughts and opinions of his first term in office. It reads extremely well, and I found I had easily completed the first part of the book without even noticing it was hundreds of pages. Anyone who is wanting to read a no holds barred, political rag full of scandal and intrigue is bound to be disappointed. This is about how 'the sausage gets made', but it is not a diatribe against the system; in fact, it acts more of a guide as to how to move along in it, and to create the policies you are passionate about. There is no one here who is criticized or insulted; Obama appears to have got on with everyone, and he is very reluctant to say anything harsh or critical about anyone on both sides of the political spectrum. If anything, that can mean he comes across as a little bland; I do not believe we actually meet the real Obama in this book ( I wish he had spent more time describing the development of his political ideology), but I think this is as close as we are going to get.