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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600781632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781636
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pete Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He has worked as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan and was also the official photographer for the President's June 2004 funeral. He is the author of two celebrated photographic books of President Reagan's term in office, Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan (1992) and Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan by Triumph Books (2004). Souza's photographs have also appeared as photo spreads or covers in renowned magazines as National Geographic, Life, Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report and have also been part of group exhibits at the National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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It's kind of a "coffee table book" or a photography-lover's book.
Scott Forbes
Barack Obama - Junior senator from Illinois in January 2005, U.S. President in November 2008.
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The book includes images from the very beginning of Obama's national political career.
Marcia Nighswander

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Scott Forbes on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I took time out after lunch today from my efforts to be "productive" to find something unexpected, something to pump a little energy into my waning self.

The first thing I saw was a bookstore, and I stepped in. It didn't take me long to find photographer and writer Pete Souza's book, The Rise of Barack Obama. It's kind of a "coffee table book" or a photography-lover's book. The reproductions aren't the best I've ever seen (and I'm a "stickler," as I collect fine art and journalistic photography books regularly), but they are pretty good on the whole.

What's a more important matter than that is "How good is the book?" Well, it's very good.

I shed tears every week or every other week, often while watching movies (but elsewhere, too), and I like doing that. It's part of living - both crying tears of sadness and joy - and I'm not embarrassed to come to tears, not even in public.

Souza's book brought me to watery eyes in just a few minutes. There's a lot of beautiful pictures in this book, especially when seen by those who admire Senator Obama the way I do.

This first picture that got me is on pages 20-21, taken during a town hall meeting in Illinois, where Obama is cheek-to-cheek in embrace with a white woman (her face is dominant as it's on the side of their hug that's closer to the camera). She is radiant in her smile. And then you look throughout the photograph and see that everyone there - a mix of the races we are - all seem to have sparkle in their eyes and a glow in their spirits.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Norman B. Garber on August 21, 2008
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The photographs by Pete Souza in the fascinating collection "The Rise of Barack Obama" tell us much about Obama, more than what is expressed in the depth of his expressions: his wisdom, compassion, concern, dilemmas, and his hope. These poignant, spontaneous photos portray how he is viewed by those who come in contact with him - friends, colleagues, supporters, and his family, especially his two young daughters, who show us, in their expressions of joy and love for their father, the meaning of family values. Souza's images of Obama over the years he spent with him are the classic pictures of an American during his ascendency.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on August 20, 2008
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Pete Souza's book is impressive on many levels, beginning with the amazing photographs he so expertly produced over the years he followed Senator Obama. I was brought to tears several times by the powerful images of the senator with his family, in congress, in our country, and in the world, giving me the sense that I have had a privileged window into the life of a hard-working, committed, capable statesman. Souza's work is photojournalism at its most impressive, perfectly rendering the day-to-day life of an icon from up close and from a distance. One shot may be through the window blinds of a crowded office, another is a closeup of a furrowed brow. The coming together of art, life, and politics, right there in your hand. This book is a treasure!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Walter Calahan on August 13, 2008
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This is a must get book for the historical document that it is. Pete Souza gives us a view of Senator Obama that will never be the same. Since running for president, win or loss, Senator Obama's life can never be the same as when these images were made. Souza's photography is a gift to any historian looking into this man before his historic run for the presidency.

This book is also a must read for any photo-journalist wishing to see a true master at work with his camera. Souza does not miss a moment that holds great meaning.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Nighswander on July 31, 2008
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I purchased three copies for my family. The book includes images from the very beginning of Obama's national political career. I encourage others to purchase the book while you still can get it. If you like history you will want one or more for your library. If Obama is elected president this will be a collector's item.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roy E. Perry on August 17, 2008
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An assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University's School of Visual Journalism in Athens, Ohio, and one of the nation's most renowned photographers, Pete Souza has produced an impressive album documenting the meteoric ascendancy of the U.S. Senator from Illinois,

Souza's candid photographs of Barack Obama provide an intimate view of a charismatic leader, who has been described as "a once-in-a-generation politician." Journalists have compared Obama's inspiring oratory and vision of hope and change to the leadership qualities of Robert and John F. Kennedy.

We see the presumptive Democratic nominee for President on his trips to various countries, such as Russia, Azerbaijan, Chad, Kenya, and South Africa; his appearances at various universities, behind-the-scenes conferences with friends and colleagues; as well as endearing snapshots of him with his family: Michelle, Malia, and Sasha.

"The Rise of Barack Obama" is an excellent pictorial complement to Obama's own work, "The Audacity of Hope." This reviewer agrees with and is inspired by Obama's signature mantra: "Dream big dreams!"

Pete Souza's photographs of Barack Obama have been recognized during the past three years with prestigious awards from Pictures of the Year, the Best of Photojournalism and the White House News Photographers Association's Eyes of History. He has worked as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan and was also the official photographer for the President's June 2004 funeral. He is the author of two celebrated photographic books of President Reagan's term in office, Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan (1992) and Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan by Triumph Books.
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