Jeanne Marie Laskas

  • Chaque soir, huit années durant, le Président Barack Obama s'est fait remettre une sélection de dix lettres envoyées par des Américains ordinaires, auxquelles il répondait personnellement. Elles étaient l'expression sans fard de la nation ; elles lui en donnaient le pouls. Cette correspondance a affecté non seulement le président, contribuant à façonner ses deux mandats à la tête des États-Unis, mais aussi les personnes chargées de lire et de traiter les millions de requêtes, diatribes, témoignages, mots de remerciement et lettres d'excuses atterrissant au service du courrier de la Maison-Blanche.

    Jeanne Marie Laskas a entrepris d'enquêter sur cette correspondance exceptionnelle : elle a retrouvé certains auteurs des lettres, interrogé le personnel de la Maison-Blanche qui passait au crible la bouleversante histoire intime de l'Amérique d'Obama, et s'est entretenue avec le Président. Parmi les courriers et témoignages rassemblés, on découvre celui de Kelli, dont les grands-pères ont pu se marier après trente-cinq ans de vie commune ; de Heba, une réfugiée syrienne qui rêvait d'oublier le jour où les chars sont entrés dans son village ; de Vicki, dont la famille s'est déchirée entre ceux qui ont voté pour Trump et les autres.

    Ils ont écrit à Obama pour exprimer leur gratitude ou leur désespoir, parfois dans des moments de grande détresse, à la recherche d'une oreille bienveillante. Ils ont écrit sous le coup de la colère, poussés par la peur, inspirés par le respect.

    Monsieur le Président lève le voile sur le dialogue ininterrompu qu'entretint Barack Obama avec le peuple américain à une époque charnière de son histoire, quand la politique n'excluait pas l'empathie à la Maison-Blanche.

  • One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy.

    'The real story of Obama's America' Sunday Times Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed.

    In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. At once desperate, joyful, hateful and despairing, they form an intimate portrait of one man's relationship with the American people, and of a time when empathy intersected with politics in the White House.

  • One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy.

    A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. There is Peggy, a patriotic grandmother who thinks the President is trying to lead the country into socialism; James, who on the morning after the 2016 election tells the President to start packing; and Dawn, who writes to say that he made it possible for a very jaded generation to begin to hope and believe in the good.

    They wrote to Obama out of gratitude and desperation, in their darkest times of need, with anger, fear and respect. To Obama is an intimate look at one man's relationship with the American people, and at how this extraordinary dialogue shaped an era-defining presidency.

  • Anglais CONCUSSION

    Jeanne Marie Laskas

    This is the story of one man's fight against a multibillion dollar colossus. A man who stood up for what was right, whatever the cost. The brilliant young forensic pathologist had no idea that the body on the slab in front of him would change his life, and ultimately change the world.The body belonged to legendary American Footballer Mike Webster, whose mental health had rapidly declined after he had stopped playing - he had ended up Tasering himself to relieve his chronic back pain and fixing his rotting teeth with Superglue.Dr Bennet Omalu found that the psychosis suffered by "Iron Mike" was no accident. His autopsy unearthed evidence of a trauma-related disease - the direct result of years of blows to the head in games. He knew it would keep killing scores of other sportsmen unless something was done. He believed that the NFL (National Football League), one of the most powerful corporations in America, would welcome the discovery. But it was the one truth they wanted to ignore. Omalu himself became a target. 'This is classic David and Goliath stuff, and as exciting as a great courtroom drama. A riveting, powerful human tale . . . a masterclass on how to tell a story' Charles Duhigg, New York Times columnist and bestselling author of The Power of Habit

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