Obama: An Intimate Portrait - Barack Obama & Pete Souza

Obama: An Intimate Portrait

By Barack Obama & Pete Souza

  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Genre: Photography
Score: 4
From 181 Ratings


Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller -- with a foreword from the President himself.

During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else -- and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format.

Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency -- including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission -- alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.

Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.

This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and is a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.


  • A Chronicle of Leadership

    By Richard Bakare
    I am not fond of hero worship. Humans are too flawed to hoist anyone up on a pedestal, only to be let down when the details come into the light. It is the light that the best photos cast on a scene that tell us a lot about the framed subjects. The photos and accompanying descriptions in this collection tell us that Obama was at the very least a leader, if not a hero.
  • Emotional remonder

    By Rufusdad
    This is a difficult book to read with pictures that raise emotions. Sadly, it is a reminder what leadership can and should look like and be. It reminds us of what an incompetent, immoral racist like trump can do to demean the office of president.
  • Visual Perfection

    By Live Gemini
    I bought this book first. Then I waited for Michelle Obama’s Becoming book. (Five Stars) I listened to her book then read this. Pete’s book puts the visual to several events Mrs. Obama described. I’m pretty sure I’ll revisit this book again when Former President Obama release his book. ❤️
  • New York Times shills mediocre president

    By Touhou Queen
    What else would you expect?
  • Great book , great perspective.

    By Nickname is taken sikerim
    If it was possible legally he would have won the 3rd term even 4th too. So book gives great insights of a great man.
  • What a jigaboo this guy is

    By Trumpeeforlife
    Don’t waste your time with this garbage
  • Great President

    By Chip2008$
  • Obama

    By Shadetree101
    Solipsistic Narcissist at its finest....
  • What a delight!

    By RGS6455
    Great job! This was such a delight to read and view. The photos are amazing. The commentaries tell the whole story. You can feel all the joy, sorrow and every other emotion through these photos. I highly recommend this book.
  • Lovely, intimate portraits

    By zenrower
    ....which reveal the dignity and grace of the Obama family.