Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is a funny and smart read by the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama. The author, Alyssa Mastromonaco worked on Barack Obama’s campaigns before being asked to join him at the White House. She writes of the funny albeit frequently stressful behind-the-scenes efforts and gives an intimate and friendly look into the world of Obama and his team. There are hilarious and human moments managed with humor, grit and confidence. Mastromonaco’s book is intimate look at a White House team that seems to be a long way from today.