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Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage Hardcover – September 22, 2009


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An American Marriage
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1St Edition edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061771961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061771965
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage is an intimate and ultimately riveting look at their unique ­relationship, and the humor, faith, fortitude, and grace that define it. It is, above all, a uniquely American love story. Given the obvious historic significance of what they accomplished­ together, the marriage of Barack and Michelle stands as one of the great personal and political partnerships in American history.

Yet, incredibly, the true nature of the marriage remains a mystery. And now, for the first time, Christopher Andersen draws on important sources—some speaking here for the first time—to paint the first complete, compelling portrait of America's first black First Family.

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About the Author

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-eight books, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including Life magazine, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

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After reading a few pages, I returned this book.
R. YOUNG
They are portraid as real people who, in all reality, have a very ordinary marriage, yet an extraordinary focus as a couple.
LG
This book should be required reading for everyone who wants to better understand the Obamas.
Polly

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Reader in the Midwest on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book seemed so promising. It was supposed to be a more intimate look at the Obamas' marriage. However, it is basically a rehash of what was already reported in newspapers, magazines, or culled from interviews and other public comments. It doesn't seem to really focus on the marriage so much as it retells Barack's journey to the White House. I didn't get the behind-the-scenes details the book promised. Several of the Michelle/Barack quotes inserted in the text as if the author interviewed them himself are actually quotes from network evening news interviews that I even remember watching. I think the author also rehashed bits from Barack's Dreams from My Father. There are a few tiny details that I didn't know about - his roommate in NYC and his impressions. That's about it. Everything else is pretty old news. Overall, this books offers very little insight into the Obama marriage and partnership.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dahlia2002 on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book's quotations are almost all from articles written about the Obamas during the campaign, from Obama's own book, or from David Mendell's bio of Obama. Christopher Andersen's "research" consisted of pulling together work that others did to make a quick buck off of the public's interest in the Obamas. In addition, there are numerous errors throughout the book including getting addresses, dates, etc. You'll get a better sense of the Obama marriage by reading David Mendell's book (see, there's an author who actually conducted his own interviews), or any of the freely available profiles written about the Obamas.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Me on September 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this, thinking the author might come up with some unique insight into the Obama marriage. I was aware that the Obamas and their close friends would probably not cooperate with such a book, and I was also aware that Christopher Andersen is a bit of a hackish celebrity biographer, but I still had hopes that he might do some actual investigative work and come up with some new interviews and sources of information.

I was wrong. If you've read magazine articles about the Obamas (or Obama's own 2 books), you've already read all the information about their marriage contained in this book. But that's not the worst part. The worst part is that Andersen makes blanket assertions that are not attributed to any named source or backed up by any discernible proof. (There are also no end-notes in the book that would indicate who was interviewed and what the sources for particular assertions are. Such end-notes are customary for any biography that wants to be taken seriously).

For instance, he makes the blanket assertion that Obama was in church the day the Rev. Wright made his "God D*** America" sermon. If you followed the 2008 campaign at all, you know that this was actually a very big topic of discussion. Obama says he was not in attendance during that controversial sermon. Hundreds of reporters could not find ANY proof that he was. Neither the Clinton or McCain campaigns, who would have dearly loved to find such proof, could find ANY indication that he was. In fact, the Obama campaign released proof of his official schedule for that day that showed he was actually in Florida on the day in question. Yet here comes Christopher Andersen in his book saying definitively that Obama attended that sermon. That's a pretty bold assertion. He's saying Obama lied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nimira on December 31, 2013
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It's nice to get an insight to the background, relationship, and real life that the current President and First Lady live. I quite enjoyed reading about their upbringing and how they met.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Humphrey on December 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I did find out new information about the Obama's in this book. I feel it gives the readers insight on their lives before marriage, during the early years and through the campaign. It doesn't sugar coat their personalities, which I like. If you like politics and history, you will like this book!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Polier on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book really humanized Barack, and portrays him as a very likable, smart and capable guy.

Not just a handsome guy meets smart woman lawyer story you've heard a thousand times before, this is a true insider account of the Obama's mostly harmonious marriage, with a moment or two of disharmony between Barack and Michelle's mother. ;-)

A tender, heartwarming tale of a true all American president, with some very shocking documents detailing Obama's collaboration with cop killer William Ayers on his first book "Dreams of My Father".
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United States First Homosexual President and a Transgendered "TRANNY" for First Boy. We adored Jackie O
and now America has a Blackie "O". I submit references via you tube on the Sexuality of the First Boy. Enter INFO
in the you tube search box and don't be surprised with the results! If you can't take the TRUTH then stay away from
controversy and sexuality of what is going on in the White House. Where did Obama's two daughters come from?
Not the USA. Check out the Birth Certificates. I suggest that a DNA TEST be performed but OH NO! There is
something rotten in the wood pile and it smells. Go to YOUTUBE.COM and enter info in the search box for more details
to follow.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LG on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book takes a look at what events and people have shaped both Barack and Michelle in who they are. They are portraid as real people who, in all reality, have a very ordinary marriage, yet an extraordinary focus as a couple. It helped me understand who they are and some of the choices they have made.
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