Shade
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 unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency—and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out.Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House.What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth.In Shade, Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.

Shade Details

TitleShade
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN-139780316421829
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Art, Photography, Humor, Presidents, History

Shade Review

  • Lauren Cecile
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • LaDonna
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟🌟🌟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 🌟🌟🌟🌟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 would bring a smile to my face and warm feelings, as I reminisced about the days of yore. Interestingly enough, it did just the opposite. I found myself asking, as I turned each page, "What happened? Where did we go wrong? What does our future hold, as a country?" It was a carnival barker who ascended to the presidency by sheer bravado, bullshit, and outright lies. It goes without saying that the pictures are absolutely beautiful. Each shot tells a poignant tale within its own right. Yet, the juxaposition between Obama and Trump is extremely powerful. And, I have reached the point where I am too tired to get on my soapbox and complain. Every day it becomes harder and harder to wake up and turn on the news. I just never know what is going to come out of Trump's mouth or what he is going to tweet into the Twitter-verse.I will applaud Pete Souza for ending Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents the ony way he could. He calls for us to get out and vote. He calls for us to make sure our voices are heard at all levels of government. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option. As Abraham Lincoln said...our task is that... 'government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth'. Should you read this one? Yes. But, more importantly, make sure you are active in our political system and encourage your love ones to do the same. It is time that we protect our democracy and not take her for granted.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
  • Edlyn
    January 1, 1970
    I miss President Obama every single day.
  • Ally
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 November 6!
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  • Kasa Cotugno
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 photos of President Obama's actions in contrast with Trump's tweets as early as January 2017 when Trump insisted the inauguration had "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period." Well, no. According to Souza's photo, "The biggest crowd in history was really on January 20, 2009", and he illustrated that with a two-page spread showing the crowds on the Mall during President Obama's inauguration.Month by month, sometimes day by day, he examines the outrageous tweets made my the current resident of the White House, including comments about the White House itself, "this incredible house or building, or whatever you want to call it." Yes, it's called the White House. Souza's comments and photos go from Jan. 21, 2017 to June 14, 2018.Sometimes, Souza's comments and accompanying photos cause laughter. Other times, it's hard to comprehend the lack of knowledge exhibited in those tweets. In my case, I felt nostalgia and sadness that we're missing dignity and a sense of humor in the White House. We're missing respect for the office of the Presidency and for people in this country, no matter who the people are.The only way to end the commentary about Shade is to end with a few of Souza's final comments. "Throwing shade is one thing, but it's time for us to take the next step. It's not enough to voice disbelief at what's taking place. Let's use our energy to do something about it.""Vote, for one. Help others get to the polls. March in the streets for issues that are important to you. Write or call your Congressperson about how you feel. It all matters."
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 subtle captions to emphasize the contrast. Obama approached his personal relationships and word problems with grace, integrity, compassion, humor, and sincerity - all of these are readily apparent in the many candid shots. Warning! Just like his original Instagram posts, seeing all of these together and the direct comparison on each page left me in tears, though not without some barks of laughter too.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    I miss President Obama!
  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting read.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    What an interesting way to compare/contrast two Presidents with pictures from one and tweets from another. Interesting to see the differences.
  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    26 OCT 2018 - a recommendation through Bettie. Many, Many Thanks!
  • Jennifer Mangler
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Jaden
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 almost made me feel depressed, seeing the stark contrast between their approaches and reactions to various situations. Pete has done a wonderful job of throwing shade here- while also shining a light on how dire our current circumstances are.This is visually stunning, quick to read, and emotionally jarring. 5 stars for sure.
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  • Tanya Hakala
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 have had these photos in a larger format.The print quality was also a bit disappointing. Thankfully, only on the text pages. Two of the pages had smearing and ghosting going on. The book is definitely worth getting though. Fro the photography, the zingers, and the nostalgia.
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  • Mary Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    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 pollsMarch 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 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 pollsMarch 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 eloquently said on Instagram "throw shade, then VOTE"
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  • Courtney Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot fathom writing an in depth review of this book. It’s great. The feeling I had while seeing photos of Barack Obama’s time in office juxtaposed with Trump tweets, was not. This country deserves better. Peter Souza’s photography is beautiful and shares a very interesting insight into the life of a president. Trump’s tweets shed light onto the mind of an imbecile. This book is beautiful, interesting and made me sad all at the same time. Blog / Twitter
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  • Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    Truly excellent - if you've been following Pete Souza's Instagram and Twitter, then you've seen some of this already; his compare-and-contrast between our former competent, civil, quietly thoughtful and focused Chief Executive, and the tangerine frothing hate gibbon currently occupying one of our federal properties and shitting on the American Dream. The book is poignant, necessary, provides perspective and will make you sad, but also hopeful.
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  • Karianne
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful book with a story told through gorgeous photograph's which highlight the vast differences between our current President and our last. Told with humor and insight, this book is a beautiful look at recent history through photograph's. The picture of Obama smiling broadly and shaking the hand of an Afghan food truck owner is my favorite. The joy on this man's face to be in America and to somehow be shaking hands with the President of the United States is everything.
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  • Conny
    January 1, 1970
    What an awesome book, I thoroughly enjoyed it, though it made me miss a time when I did not wake up anxious each morning. Pete Souza did a wonderful job with the setup of the book, on one side the often crazy and full of lie tweets by Trump and on the other side pictures of his time following President Obama around during his 8 years in office. In this case pictures speak louder than words. This would make a wonderful gift for anybody who misses the sane times.
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  • Kent
    January 1, 1970
    You won't escape Donald Trump in this book. Of course that is Pete Souza's intent with Shade, comparing Trump's actual tweets and news reports with beautiful photos taken by Pete during his years in the White House. I personally found it to be quite helpful to be reminded that there was a time not to long ago when an individual of great thoughtfulness, decency, decorum and humor graced the White House and worked every day to lead the entire nation.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent, excellent, excellent juxtaposition of trump and President Obama. Yes, I'm biased. But it was extremely well-done, with perfect complements of photos Souza took of President Obama with tweets and photos of trump. What started on Instagram became a terrific book. I'm sure I'll read it over and over, when I need a lift. And that cover!!!
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  • Justin Castillo
    January 1, 1970
    A reminder that every professional photographer knows the context of the moments they capture and keep forever. Most important are the lyrics to "This Land Is Your Land" and the words to remember on page 143. Plenty of laughs along the way as well. There's nothing wrong with throwing shade when you know what goes on in the dark and in broad daylight.
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  • Pamela Okano
    January 1, 1970
    Pete Souza has transferred his Instagram entries (with a little editing) throwing shade at the current President to book form along with the event or tweet that inspired the entries. The book includes a few Obama Administration photos I've never seen before. Some of the entries fall into the laugh out loud category, while others just made me sad at what our country is now going through.
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the pictures, miss this President (44) and administration... actually I miss our country the way it was. Reading the tweets was depressing, especially when compared to what Obama may have said or done. Our country is so full of hatred now. Maybe it was always there just under the covers waiting for someone to say come on out I'll protect you.
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  • Rucha Gadre
    January 1, 1970
    For those Obama fans who miss the president and are ashamed, aghast and disturbed by our current Tweeter-in-Chief, this is an amazing comparison of two presidents. Pete Souza showcases amazing wit, guile to showcase the difference between the two occupiers of the highest office in the land. Its a great and hilarious read!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The book is a clever comparison of two presidents, using Tweets for one and photos for the other. The comparison is stark and on-point. I attended a lecture given by the author last night and he explained many of the photos. Seeing the courage and empathy of Obama in these photos is uplifting.
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  • Kandieman
    January 1, 1970
    Makes a great table book (if I hadn't read it on Kindle)Great pictures. Better captions. A definite contrast in presidents. A good read for this time in history. Good reading everyone.
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