By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated September 25, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

The tone of Christopher Andersen’s saga of American royalty, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage fluctuates between celebrity hagiography and church-bake-sale gossip. Other than a few mumbled accusations, it offers up little that’s new. Andersen depends largely upon observations so mundane that you wonder why a source would ever feel the need to remain anonymous for saying ”Michelle was pretty much liked by everybody.” The book is primarily an exercise in aggregation, one more call number in the already enormous library on this president. Recommended only for certified Obamaniacs and recently awakened coma patients. D+

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