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Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

From Pete Souza, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, comes a powerful tribute to a bygone era of integrity in politics.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 uni...

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Number of Pages : 240 pages
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Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents Reviews

  • Kasa Cotugno

    It's hard to differentiate between feeling enraged or inordinately sad. Pete Souza, the very definition of an insider, presents his case eloquently, stunningly illustrated with his intimate portraits of an era sadly passed but still rooted in memory.

  • Sarah

    Wonderful coffee table book! Shade juxtaposes tweets and quotes from Trump, as well as news stories or headlines about him, with Souza's Instagram posts, each of which is accompanied by a photo from the Obama White House. It shows a stark contrast by reminding us both of all the ways Trump is awful and what a smart, compassionate, and sophisticated president we had in Obama. Great photos and allows the reader to indulge in a bit of nostalgia while also reminding us what is at stake. Vote blue on ...more

  • Maggie

    First, I was glad to know that Pete Souza had to look up the definition of shade. It was helpful. Wasn’t a word used when I was growing up so I appreciated the definition. I believe I have a good understanding of “shade” after reading this book. Just wish Trump didn’t make it so easy for Souza to draw the comparisons.

    Second, the side-by-side headlines and tweets do much to highlight the photos of a President who worked for the people, all of the people, of the United States and not for self.


  • Lynn

    I smiled all the way through this book. I smiled at Pete Souza’s sly sense of humor. I smiled at the beautiful photos of President Obama, remembering when we had a president worthy of the title, who honored the office and worked hard every day for the American people. I smiled at how pissed off the current occupant of the White House would be if he read this book, but he doesn’t read books, so never mind.

    Thank you, Pete Souza, for yet another paean to Barack Obama and his Presidency. You are bo

  • Edlyn

    I miss President Obama every single day.

  • Stacee

    Quite an interesting and creative set up. I loved the juxtaposition of the tweets and photographs. The images used were an intriguing “backstage” look at the presidency. I could have easily read and looked at another 500 pages.

  • Sara

    Pete Souza was elevated to the status of "one of Sara's favorite people ever" when his first book "Obama: An Intimate Portrait" reminded me, however briefly, that the office of the president has not always been the utter farce it is today. Now he's cemented his place with this slightly more satirical, sometimes funny, sometimes deeply upsetting comparison of two men who, and I shudder to say this, share the title "president."

    This particular book was born from a couple of particularly blistering

  • LaDonna


    When I first heard about this book, I could not wait to get my hands on it!! I thought about Pete Souza's 2017 release, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, and how good it made me feel. I thought that this one would evoke similar emotions. Maybe with a little humor and biting sarcasm thrown in for good measure. Little did I know what was hiding behind the cover.

    Unlike Souza, I did not have to look up the word shade in order to understand its modern-day meaning. Nonetheless, I had hoped this book wo

    It was a carnival barker who ascended to the presidency by sheer bravado, bullshit, and outright lies.

    It goes without saying that the pictures are absolutely beautiful. Each shot tells a poignant tale within its own right. Yet, the juxaposition between Obama and Trump is extremely powerful. And, I have reached the point where I am too tired to get on my soapbox and complain. Every day it becomes harder and harder to wake up and turn on the news. I just never know what is going to come out of Trump's mouth or what he is going to tweet into the Twitter-verse.

    I will applaud Pete Souza for ending Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents the ony way he could. He calls for us to get out and vote. He calls for us to make sure our voices are heard at all levels of government. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option.

    As Abraham Lincoln said...our task is that...

    'government of the people,
    by the people,
    for the people,
    shall not perish from the earth'.

    Should you read this one? Yes. But, more importantly, make sure you are active in our political system and encourage your love ones to do the same. It is time that we protect our democracy and not take her for granted. ...more