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Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  628 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
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 u
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Diane S ☔
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Contrasting a time when our White House had some dignity, with a President who didn't tweet nasty stuff, and actually cared about more than himself The pictures are stirring. I could just cry.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to LaDonna by: Leo Gordy

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
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shade:A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza is a book I got from the library and it was funny and sad at the same time. Sad because Obama came into his presidency when he had a tremendous job ahead of him! I think Americans get amnesia quite easily at times. Looking back at the pictures of Obama, a normal president, no tweet storm, no name calling, not stirring up hate, trying to solve problems, having fun with his family, it just seems like 10 years ago!
The book is laid out where it gives a T
Lauren Cecile
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the mere concept, the snarky title and the wonderful Obama pics! However, there could have been better, more pointed juxtapositions. Some were a bit tepid and unparallel. The contrast between 44 and 45 is so stark and another editor may have taken a more truculent approach. But the point was made.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
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.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I miss President Obama every single day.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Pete Souza was in Chicago this weekend, the keynote speaker at the JEA/NSPA national convention, and so it was something of a bizarre coincidence today, shortly after the Bears kickoff, when my mother showed up at the door with a pork roast and a copy of Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, Souza's recently published slam at the racist, whore mongering liar currently occupying the White House.

Souza was the official White House photographer for Obama during his eight blessed Twitter-free years as pre
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A powerful book, with an important comparison between our current and past presidents. Makes you really think about what our country's values are, and how different presidencies can be.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's start with the definition of "throwing shade" from Merriam-Webster. The dictionary says it's a "subtle, sneering expression of contempt for or disgust with someone - sometimes verbal, and sometimes not." When White House photographer Pete Souza started posting his photos on Instagram, contrasting pictures of President Obama with tweets from Trump, readers started commenting that he was throwing shade. The title of Souza's latest book is Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.

Souza started using p
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Andrew Shaffer
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great photos. I don't know if I was ready to re-live Trump's first 18 months in office, however. :(
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! While it did make me tear up a few times, it also made me laugh a lot. I highly recommend this one!
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.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pete Souza's Instagram is one of my very favorites. On a regular basis, his posts can make me laugh or cry, or often both. I have looked up news articles to solve his references and am generally more informed with a daily dose of Shade.
This is a collection of some of Souza's shadiest posts and really does tell the tale of two presidents. On the left side are either news articles about Trump or Trump's original tweets. On the right are images Souza snapped during the Obama years that include sub
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
I miss President Obama!
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting read.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting way to compare/contrast two Presidents with pictures from one and tweets from another. Interesting to see the differences.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie☯
Shelves: 2018, real-books
26 OCT 2018 - a recommendation through Bettie. Many, Many Thanks!
Jennifer Mangler
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shade utilizes both Pete Souza's powerful photographs and his keen wit to tell a story of two very different presidencies. I really enjoy Souza's work.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. First of all, Pete Souza is an amazing photographer and his documentation of Obama's presidency is stunning and riveting. Second, his wit in making comparisons between Trump and Obama (nevermind all of his tweets) is spot on- hilarious and poignant at once.

This book really pulled at my heart strings and made me feel how much I miss Obama as a president- dignified, kind-hearted, intelligent and the embodiment of true patriotism. Reading the book al
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I miss President Obama
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a feel-good book with a simple back-and-forth you might miss if you just saw it on Twitter (or if you refuse to use Twitter).
Tanya Hakala
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a well done book that recreated a social media stream in a way that honored both formats.

Pete Souza has an amazing memory for the photographs he has taken and a wonderful wit. He has brought a smile to my face on many of the difficult days of the current administration.

I’m disappointed that this isn’t a coffee table sized book. Maybe those are out of fashion and that’s why they went for the more traditional size? I honestly wasn’t sure where I would put it, but I would have loved to ha
Mary Robinson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick read, which as the author Pete Sousa warns, will make you laugh and then perhaps cry. the comparison between the two presidents is stark, the photography and picture selection is perfect. Mr. Sousa's epilogue says it all . . . .

"What comes next . . .

Vote, for one.
Help others get to the polls
March in the streets for issues that are important to you . . . .

It may take a while.
But let's bring respect back to the Oval Office.
Let's bring respect back to our country. . . ."

As he has so eloque
Kobie Pretorius
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have to opportunity to hear Pete Souza talk about his book, go! Take a box of tissues too. Pete Souza captures the joy, heartbreak, challenges and triumphs of the Obama Whitehouse in the best possible way.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been following Pete Souza’s Instagram for a while now and been loving his level of shade haha. He mentions how in his pics, he tries not to say anything about what’s happening (although his pictures are always related to something that’s occurred) bc he wants people to go and research themselves. It works! There have been multiple times where I’ve seen him post a pic and gotten curious about what inspired it so I hit up Google. It’s actually been an effective way to keep me informed bc I fu ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Class versus arse ... if you can overcome the partisan nature of the book (easier than you think!) Pete Souza's photos are simply brilliant - the photo boarding the plane with the rainbow is exceptional and personal favourite was the one with the Obamas and the 'popemobile' - just so natural. Basically the book consists of comments from or about Trump on one page and Souza's photo/tweet on the right. Wouldn't necessarily work with a lesser talent but it's easy to understand why Souza was the off ...more
Fred Forbes
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the White House photographer's previous book on moments he captured in the Obama administration so grabbed a copy of this one. Evidently, he would take to social media after some comment or action by Trump and contrast it with a picture of Obama from his files. His comparison is designed to be "class vs. clueless" but I guess that would depend on your interpretation. As I prefer my presidents to be analytical, informed, considerate of the feelings of others, factual and professional I' ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this the day before midterms... The pages on the left side left me with feelings of shame, embarrassment and overall anxiety. The pages on the right made me smile inside and out . . . gave me a sense of security that things beyond me were being cared for . . . admiration of the person he is.
I believe I will get one of Pete's other books because I might need to be reminded of the basic goodness of humankind before we get through this hard time.
It really was interesting how every tim
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Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times ...more