[Ben Rhodes] has written a book that reflects the president he served — intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled. ... Ben Rhodes is a charming and humble guide through an unprecedented presidency. ... [H]is achievement is rare for a political memoir: He has written a humane and honorable book.
The journalistic cliché of a “mind meld” doesn’t capture the totality of Rhodes’s identification with the President…. In “The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House” (Random House), Rhodes shows no trace of the disillusionment that gave George Stephanopoulos’s tale of Bill Clinton its bitter, gossipy flavor, or of the light irony that came to inflect Peggy Noonan’s adoration of Ronald Reagan. More than any other White House memoirist, Rhodes is a creature of the man he served…. This is the closest view of Obama we’re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir.