Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer

Yes We (Still) Can

From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.On November 9th, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer woke up like most of the world wondering WTF just happened. How had Donald Trump won the White House? How was it that a decent and thoughtful president had been succeeded by ...

Details Yes We (Still) Can

TitleYes We (Still) Can
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Yes We (Still) Can

  • Agatha Donkar
    I miss President Obama.
  • Jamie
    Solid and substantive. It's really interesting to see how someone got to such a high level at such a young age, and Pfeiffer's work ethic and intellect certainly comes through. My only criticism is that it's more of a prescriptive politics and campaigning book than a book of anecdotes about life at the White House and as a top level Obama staffer. I think there's a lot of value in laying out what went right with Obama, what has gone wrong to get ...
  • Michael
    If you listen to the pod, you're already getting this book and you know what to expect. I really can't say what this book would be like to read if you aren't already a Friend of the Pod. It's good. Not great, but good. There are some funny anecdotes. It doesn't get into the weeds, it's not that kind of book. It was interesting hearing his back story a little bit, but it's not really too gossipy either. It's more of an extended tweet of his. Which...
  • Jen
    This one is hard for me to review. I love Pfeiffer (Friend of the Pod) and was happy that this is not another Obama White House memoir but it was a bit too polemical for me. It’s a really nice deconstruction of WTF just happened and what can we do going forward.
  • Ian
    I am an avid Pod Save America fan, and I am always happy to invest in safe advice from the funniest political commentators around. This book had some really good advice for Dems moving into 2018 and 2020 that I hope is heeded, and some even better stories of life in Obama's White House. I think this book struggles some in knowing whether it wants to be a memoir or a manifesto and so never quite pulls off either. I'm also not sure if 12 is a new p...
  • Susan
    Thoughtful analysis of politics and where we go from here sprinkled in with anecdotes about the Obama campaign and presidency. I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss.
  • Liz
    This was a really excellent deconstruction of how we went from Obama to Trump, focusing on messaging and communication both from the White House and the media. I felt like this book, more than any of the political memoirs I've read, really dove into what happened, what the larger societal forces were, and how things went down. It also has an unabashed liberal bias (Pfieffer was Obama's communications director & senior advisor, so he's going to be...
  • Ryan Humphris
    Just the book I needed. Part therapeutic reminiscing of the good old Obama days and part a focused approach for the way forward, Yes We (Still) Can will give you a brief escape from the current insanity but also provide hope that we actually might survive. Will probably need to read again before the midterms...
  • Leslie
    Really enjoyed reading this one by Pod Save America host, Dan Pfeiffer. He writes just like he talks on the podcast, so I could "hear" everything the way he says it. I liked how he told stories about his time in the Obama White House, including his own missteps, and I also liked how he could talk about the pros and cons and the way forward for communication in the Twitter/Facebook age.
  • Brendan M.
    I am Dan Pfeiffer in the Buzzfeed "Which Crooked Media co-host are you?" quiz. Very enjoyable, and at 8 hours, feels like an extended version of the pod. A good mixture of policy, analysis, and memoir.
  • Jamie McQuiggan
    Really engaging and smart look back at Obama’s campaign and presidency. Recommend to my political/liberal/Obama-loving friends!
  • Anna
    I think Dan Pfeiffer might be my favorite person.
  • Sarah
    The book read like a podcast and I mean that in both a good and bad way. I appreciate that Pfieffer wants to buck up Democrats and explain that we can win in a post-truth era, but I am not so sure. After reading Rhodes' The World As It Is, this reads like Pfieffer trying to convince the reader and himself of the World As We Wish It To Be.
  • Sean Kelley
    It's good to read stuff that makes you hopeful. I'm glad this book made me feel that way, even if it's only a little.
  • Joel Szerlip
    I became a fan of Dan Pfeiffer back in the Keeping it 1600 podcast days. It was at a time that I and much of the US was terrified of the mere thought of a Trump presidency. When that disaster became a reality I stayed with the crew and have continued to enjoy all of their Crooked Media ventures. The concept of Yes We Still Can is great, what worked well in the Obama presidency that we can tap to get a Democrat elected in 2020. To spur along this ...
  • paula_reads
    I truly loved this book. It's a quick and entertaining read. It was kind of a no brainer since I already love Dan on Pod Save America, I mean I live by his rants lol He didn't hold back and told a good story. At times it was all over the place and a few times he started a story and never finished it because he had a different point to make but I guess he's lived thru so much in those Obama WH years that it's hard to tell it all and to kinda find ...
  • Kelly
    "As it turns out, the ability to memorize an entire set of Trivial Pursuit cards and being pretty good at bullshit combined with perfect attendance is the exact combo of skills needed to succeed in a liberal arts college with more than a touch of grade inflation.""Whether it was from watching The West Wing on a loop or reading every book ever written about Robert Kennedy's 1968 campaign, I had an unrequited relationship with politics. I desperate...
  • Soesja Schelling
    I love politics, particularly American politics. I study political science, I follow the news regarding all things Trump religiously, and almost all the podcasts I listen to are about politics (Pod Save America is, of course, one of them). However, there was always one thing that I just could not seem to get into and that is reading actual politics-themed books. I don't know why, maybe because they always feel too much like reading for my studies...
  • Becky
    Very good book. I don’t think it will be good in 10 years - it’s definitely aimed at a 2018 audience - but it’s still good. Pfeiffer’s voice really comes through as you can tell there was no ghost writers. I also like how, after he’s done ranting about Fox News lol, he spends a great deal of time talking about what Dems can do moving forward. Minor quibbles:Footnotes. Omg so many footnotes. We get it Dan. You have comments for everythin...
  • Bethany Jackson
    I never really knew a whole lot about the initial Obama campaign back in 2008 and as a British person American politics was always on the periphery of my radar, especially throughout my teenage years (which happened to coincide with the early Obama years) but I became more aware of the Pod Save America family due to my obsession with Podcasts. I have to say, I found Dan's book captivating - I laughed, I cried, and most of all I learned. I think f...
  • Ellen
    This isn't a book that will stand the test of time. However, it is a good book for the moment that we find ourselves in. It's got a definitive voice, you an easily hear his voice throughout, and especially in the (numerous) footnotes. The final words of wisdom from Obama definitely brought a tear to my eye. Good read."Basically, I was asking him, “How fucked are we?” Obama knew what I was asking, and he sighed and shook his head and said, “...
  • Nina
    Part memoir, part ideas for the future, this book is super readable and informative. I am a regular Pod Save America listener, so yes, some of this was stuff I'd already heard from Dan. But I enjoy having it in print now that I can keep it and go back to it when I'm feeling down. What I love about this book and PSA is that even though the news seems to get more and more depressing, they still have hope, which gives me hope. And even though I miss...
  • Max Wright
    Obama’s former communications director ruminates on his career in politics, what Obama taught him, and what the path forward for the Democratic Party could look like. If you’re looking for the true inside story of the Obama campaigns or administration — this is the wrong book. The central figure of the book is Pfeiffer (it is, after all, his memoir) so it operates along his experiences in politics. Pfeiffer’s familiar gallows humor infuse...
  • Didde Elnif
    Yes we still er fin underholdning, men ikke stor kunst. Faktisk overvejede jeg kun at give den to stjerner. Den giver et udmærket indblik i hvordan det var at være i Det Hvide Hus under Obama, ligesom alyssa mastromonaco Who thought This was a good idea gjorde. Men ingen af bøgerne hæver sig stort over det banale. De er begge kloge mennesker, der kan fortælle og skrive, men måske er de simpelthen for tæt på og for imponerede af Obama. Læ...
  • Geoffrey Clapp
    I love @CrookedMedia and @PodSaveAmerica. If you love that podcast, you will love this book. It's like reading a version of the pod, full of intellectual insight but wrapped in snark, humor, emotion, and passion. I fully enjoyed the use of footnotes to add humor - even though I thought it would get old, I enjoyed it. But, to be fair, I also like hashtag punchlines still, so....shrug emoji. This is not simply a memoir - Dan is super smart and mixe...
  • Julie Porter
    Alternatively maddening and hopefulFull disclosure: I am a huge Pod Save fan. I was super-excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint. Pfeiffer’s transparency with his mistakes and his triumphs makes for good reading, and the book lays out How We Got Here in a very compelling way. Strangely enough, it also left me with hope. While heinous Republicans may be calling the shots for now, America still has more good people than bad, and we ...
  • Lauren
    With this book, Dan allows the reader a glimpse into the Obama White House, enabling us to reminisce about a better time and be hopeful for a better future. The most interesting part of the book to me was that, despite running one of the most innovative campaigns in 2008, the administration was often playing catch-up with regards to the quickly changing media landscape and the new ubiquity of social media. I think the lessons learned from those c...
  • Michelle Ruiz Andrews
    A West Wingian look at how Pfeiffer and a group of bright-eyed young staffers helped Obama become a two-term president in a rapidly-changing world. Pfeiffer is self-aware enough to admit he drunk the Obama Kool-Aid as much as anyone, but I did, too - so this vantage point doesn’t bother me one bit. To this end, the Obama anecdotes are endlessly wonderful! And kind of heartrending to remember someone so empathetic and intelligent once held the o...
  • Laura Meyer
    Smart, Funny, and Hopeful If the 2016 election and the Trump presidency have diminished your faith in humanity, this is a book that you need to read. I loved the insider stories about life on the Obama campaigns and administration. But more importantly, this book is very forward looking. Dan Pfeiffer presents an optimistic and insightful vision for how left-leaning citizens and defenders of democracy of all stripes can take action and succeed in ...
  • Nikky
    Pheiffer writes a more compelling text than most of his Obama administration colleagues. Rather than focusing on his own biography or rehashing the events of the presidency, he instead (rightly so) hones in on the changes to the media climate that gave way to the current political situation in the United States. After the analysis is done, the author then transitions seamlessly into his vision as to how the Democratic Party can continue to push t...