A Tale of Two Presidents

Book - 2019 | Updated edition, first Voracious paperback edition
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"Shade is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions-with Pete Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama delivering new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes, and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration." -- Publisher's website
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: Updated edition, first Voracious paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316458214
Characteristics: 291 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jan 16, 2021

Interesting book to browse as the nation transitions from Trump to Biden shortly after Trump's second impeachment.

Obama fans will love it and applaud the library's acquisition. Trump fans likely will object to the stark contrast between Obama and Trump and will be livid that Pete Souza got out the bright lights to reveal the truth which they'd prefer remain hidden.

Like the author, I'm wasn't cool enough to comprehend the concept of "shade." He explained: "It's a 'subtle', sneering expression of contempt for or disgust with someone ~ sometimes verbal, and sometimes not."

Essentially, the book explains Souza's snarky comments on his Instagram posts by sharing Trump's actions which triggered his indignation. Some of his comments are LOL funny and insightful and others not so much. The photos, however, are a remarkable chronicle of history. I'm grateful it is part of the library's collection. We all need to be mindful of how our democracy nearly ended with a coup on January 6, 2021

Oct 20, 2020

Great book showing the obvious contrasts between current & past administrations. Loved the photos showing different sides of a presidency. How I miss terribly those 8 years of a less stressful time. Shows how a true leader behaves - one you are proud of & not ashamed.
Can not recommend high enough if you truly care about this country.

Feb 06, 2020

A well put together, very well shot and bittersweet "compare/contrast" photography book.

Oct 16, 2019

Obama White House photographer makes a side-by-side comparison between Obama and Trump. Structure is photos of Obama and, on the facing page, tweets and articles detailing the failings of the current president.

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.

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Dec 19, 2019

Apparently the Easter Bunny just got axed; no one ever noticed.


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