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Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,537 ratings  ·  340 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
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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.
LaDonna
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to LaDonna by: Leo Gordy
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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
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Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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.
Sue
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pete Souza’s Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents is a photographic essay of President Obama’s first 500 days contrasted with the tweetstorm that emanated multiple times daily from the Trump White House during his first 500 days. While much is as would be expected, the book’s design serves to heighten the differences between these men serving in the same office, sometimes leading to smiles, often to feelings of sadness and wistful hope for the future [we had sanity once, can’t we have it again?]. The ...more
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Another fantastic book by Pete Souza, “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents!” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but the concept of this book was genius! Souza juxtaposes his iconic photos of the Obama presidency with some of Trump’s most insane tweets and comments to highlighting the differences between the 44th president and Trump. I laughed at how brilliantly Souza executed his “shade” and just how absurd the last couple of year has been, but cried at the profound lost I left. Highly recommend ...more
Edlyn
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I miss President Obama every single day.
Trike
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pete Souza, official photographer for Presidents Reagan and Obama REALLY despises Donald Trump. Which every decent, rational, and intelligent person should. Souza, however, started an Instagram account that subtly mocked Trump by uploading photos from the Obama administration in reaction to whatever batshit insane, bullshit lie, or idiotic comment Trump made. The contrast between the two is often hilarious but always telling.

In this book the reactions are made explicit, usually by printing one o
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Ellen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished.

Jesus wept.

...So did I.

What a damning indictment of a PO(TU)S who's determined to destroy the world.

Souza's shade is nicely done.

I miss President Obama every fucking day.
Sara
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Petergiaquinta
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
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Stacee
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.
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. :(
Marco G
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book in a visceral and carthartic way. I wept at a few of the pics that brought out such a surprising amount of emotion as I read it in one sitting in a Starbucks (I'm typing this on phone and making a lot of fat finger mistakes). I'm not alone according to my lcsw when I say this administration has made me an angry, anxiety- riddled mess. I love how much shade Pete Souza throws , as if he's being honest AF about the shit stain that is this administration. It's a picture book that i ...more
Ilana
I loved this book. So much. If you’ve seen any of Peter Souza’s photos of President Obama in the last couple of years and thought they offered an interestingly sane contrast to one of Donald Trump’s latest demented tweets, that was no mere coincidence.

An American photojournalist, Souza was the former Chief Official White House Photographer for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama and the former director of the White House Photography Office.

Souza had admired the qualities in the men h
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Cort
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sad little trip down memory lane.
Ally
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.
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.
Melissa
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well it wasn’t quite the funny read I thought it would be, but it’s a great way to sum up the beginning of one Presidency and how strikingly different it was and is from the one before....through some surreal juxtaposition between Tweets and photos.
Carole
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can’t say this book made me feel better about the current state of politics as it made me miss Obama even more than I already did. Still, it was nice to remember a time when I was proud of our president.
Sarah
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
Lesa
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
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Amy Bruestle
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not reviewing this book from a political standpoint. I am reviewing this book purely from a non-biased, traditional standpoint as I would any other non-fiction work. That being said, I don’t have much to say.

I thought the idea of the book was interesting and I liked that each page had two sides: Trump vs. Obama. However, it is pretty obvious whose favor the book is written in. That par
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Ivana
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book but it made me so sad that this orange nightmare succeeded an honorable president who could formulate a sentence and wasn’t a fraudulent harbinger of the goddamn apocalypse.
Brianne
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!
Jacqueline Masumian
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved every minute of reading this book. Fabulous photos!
Debbie
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I miss Obama. Sigh.
Also, Pete Souza is a delight.
Christine
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
I miss President Obama!
Laura
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author Pete Souza was the official photographer in the Obama White House. His first book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait" was a best-seller and chronicled the Obama presidency with the focus on photography.

This book offers side-by-side contrasts between President Trump's tweets and mainstream news items with Obama photos designed to highlight the differences between the two men. There is no hiding the author's contempt for the current president's spontaneous tweets, his focus on his mistreatment by
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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