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The Rise of Barack Obama Hardcover – July 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
But didn't make me want to not put it down. Good for my library. In fact I have yet to finish it. Oh well.Published 20 months ago by Judy M. House
My favorite book capturing Barack's journey BEFORE becoming the President of the United States of America. Excellent for any coffee table.Published on August 9, 2013 by WordSmith
This man know how to work a camera, his angles are astonishing, something else I suspect he must have mastered is levitation, as he captures scenes only a bird or a mountain... Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Pamela
Pete Souza was a White House Photographer for Ronald Reagan and had spent more than 25 years working in Washington, D.C. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by James R. Holland
This book is very informative and enlightening. The excellent photography is moving, brings to life the loving, caring family man that Barack Obama is. Ends on Nov. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Mo Go's