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*Starred Review* Since his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama has captured attention as reporters, politicos, and ordinary citizens have wondered if he might be the nation's first black president. Chicago Tribune reporter Mendell argues that although Obama's rise to the national stage might seem unplanned, it is the outcome of a carefully calculated strategy by an ambitious man. Mendell chronicles Obama's personal evolution, from Barry, a biracial adolescent growing up in Hawaii, to Barack, the Harvard law school graduate. Obama's complex backgroundwhite midwestern mother and Kenyan fatherhas been both an asset and a liability to his search for acceptance among African Americans and voters in general as they have had to assess who he is and what he stands for. Mendell tracks Obama's rise through the frustrations of community organizing and the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics to the rarefied, if no less brutal, world of the U.S. Senate. Mendell draws on interviews with Obama, his wife, family, friends, aides, and rivals, as well as his own extensive coverage since Obama's days in the Illinois Senate, to offer a nuanced, compelling look at a man of idealism and ambition intent on making history. Bush, Vanessa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The single best source of background information on our new president. (National Review )See all Editorial Reviews
The book is very enlightening. From the book we know President Obama. I appreciate his love and caring for all people.He earned his position in life.Published 7 days ago by carrie e davis
I actually hate this 'occupier of the oval office' but wanted the book as a record of what this criminal has done to our Country. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy A. Bielamowicz
Pre-presidential story of B Obama rising to political prominence.Published 2 months ago by Tony Scalzo
Well written and thoroughly worth reading. Provides great background information.Published 2 months ago by Rachael Selby
An amazing story of a man who rose to be president against all odds and in spite of the dificulties that have been placed in his path. Well written and very enlightening.Published 2 months ago by Carol A.
This is a compilation of reports by an Illinois reporter who covered Obama in that State. He focuses on that and adds nothing on his mother and grandparents, Hawaii, college, law... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony Norwood