The book is based on Kantor’s 2009 NYT Magazine on the same subject. Kantor did not speak to the Obama’s for the book, instead interviewing dozens of aides & staffers.
In the excerpt that have been released President Obama comes across as a intelligent, introverted president, a characterization that jibes with the rad & calm demeanor has been a trademark of his leadership style in his first term.
However the real star of this book is first lady Michelle Obama. Kantor paints a portrait of a intelligent, professional, ambitious woman, who is fiercely protective of her family & who struggled in the beginning to find her role in the White House.
Her relationship with Obama, his staffers & the American public as told by Kantor, is often a rough one with plenty of internal conflicts & intense feuds.