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THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE: World History in the Making

by Against All Odds Productions
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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From the Back Cover

THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE showcases one of the most important presidential races in American history through the eyes of the world's top photographers. Spanning a two-year period, the book provides behind-the-scenes images encompassing President Barack Obama's road to the White House, Election Day, the Inauguration and his first 100 days in office. Including essays from TIME magazine's Joe Klein, The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, General Colin Powell and President Obama's sister, Auma Obama. The book also includes fascinating infographics from world-renowned graphic artist Nigel Holmes, the human stories featured in this fascinating book capture the challenges and opportunities facing America's 44th president as he takes his place on the world stage.

also offers a groundbreaking new feature: After you answer a few simple questions and upload your own photos to the publisher's website, a personalized copy of the book will be created just for you, seamlessly weaving President Obama's extraordinary journey together with your name, your photos and your thoughts.

3 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Personalized Book

1. Purchase a copy of THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE on Amazon.com: an authorization link will be sent to the email address on your Amazon.com account so you can personalize your book. (Please note: The link may take up to 3 hours to arrive in your inbox.)

2. Personalize your book: a custom website will guide you through a simple 10-minute process to add your name and photos. See below for all the fascinating ways you can personalize your book.

3. Receive your personalized copy of THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE in 2-3 weeks.

6 Fun Ways to Personalize Your Book
Personalizing your book enables you to weave President Obama's journey with yours in numerous locations throughout the book. A step-by-step guide walks you through the fun and easy steps.

1. Your Name on the Front Cover
You can add your name on the front cover of the book and on the title page as one of the authors. Of course, you also have the option of creating a personalized book as a gift for family members and friends.

2. Your Photo on the Back Cover
Preserve this moment in history forever by adding a photo of yourself, your family, a group of friends, or an event (Go Obama!) on the back cover of this extraordinary book. Upload a favorite digital photo, and in seconds the publisher’s website will show you what your image will look like on the back cover.

3. Personalized Dedication
THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE includes a Dedication page, which allows you to inscribe the book to someone special. You can also add a personal Dedication message. For example, you might want to write about what the election meant to you or why you've made a personalized edition of the book in someone's honor.

4. Your Name on the Inaugural Invitation Page
Whether you were invited to the Inauguration or watched it from afar, you can enjoy seeing your name engraved on the book's Inaugural Invitation page.

5. Your Photo on the Celebrity Supporters Page
Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, and many other celebrities helped get the word out to support the Obama campaign. Your photo and name can be right next to them on the Celebrity Supporters page.

6. Your Child's Artwork on the Kids for Obama Page
Did your child draw pictures of Obama for a school project? Even if not, it's not too late. Get out the crayons and have him or her draw a picture of the First Family, then scan and upload the drawing. Your child's artwork will be preserved forever when you add it to this heartwarming page.

Non-Personalized, Standard Books Available

If you are not interested in personalizing a book, you can order a standard edition. THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE is filled with fascinating photographs and thoughtful essays about President Obama's historic journey to the White House.

(Click on Images to Enlarge)

Candidate Obama speaking in rally at University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, September 27,2008 President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Youth Inaugural Ball, January 20, 2009.
Among the tens of thousands who lined the Inaugural parade route, a few peeking out from the facade of the Treasury Department building. Candidate Obama engulfed by supporters after delivering a campaign speech in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 1, 2008.

Ordering and Return Policy
For ordering a personalized or standard book. After purchasing the book on Amazon.com, an authorization link will be emailed to you so you can personalize your book. (Please note: The email link may take up to 3 hours to arrive in your inbox.) The link takes you to the publisher's website, which will guide you through the simple steps to personalize your book. If you'd like a standard, non-personalized edition of the book, click on the link in the email you receive after you order your book, "Please send me a standard version of THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE." If you'd like a standard, non-personalized edition of the book, click on the link in the email you receive after you order your book, "Please send me a standard version of THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE."

To receive your personalized book
After you check and approve each personalized page on the publisher's website, you'll click the blue "Publish My Book" button, which sends the book to the printer. No changes may be made after this point.

You must complete personalizing your book within 10 days of purchase
If you have not completed personalizing your book within 7 days, we'll send you two reminder emails. You will receive the first one when you have 3 days left, and a final notice when you have 24 hours left to complete the personalization process. If after 10 days you have not completed personalizing your book, you will be sent the standard version of the book.

Ordering multiple copies of your personalized book
You can order multiple copies of your personalized book if you are mailing them to one address. Just indicate the number of copies you want when you purchase them on Amazon.com.

Sending personalized books to different addresses
If you wish to send copies of your personalized book to different addresses, or if you are personalizing books for different people, you will need to purchase and create those books separately.

No returns/cancellations
The system is completely automated and does not allow for any changes or cancellations after you approve your book and click the blue "Publish My Book" button on the publisher's website. Please carefully check that all your information is correct, and that there are no typos on any of the pages (including names and the Dedication message), before you click "Publish My Book." Standard, non-personalized copies of the book may not be returned.

Once you click the blue "Publish My Book" button on the publisher's website, you will be sent a confirmation email with your order details and a link that will enable you to check your order status. The order status will be updated upon shipping. Orders will be shipped via FedEx Ground services, which will not ship to P.O. Box addresses.

About the Author

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer best known as the co-creator of the Day in the Life and America 24/7 series. He and his partner, Jennifer Erwitt, are the principals of Against All Odds Productions, which specializes in the design and execution of large-scale global projects that combine compelling storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Their projects have been featured on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report, and more than five million of their books adorn coffee tables around the world. Their books include America at Home, Blue Planet Run, America 24/7,  and A Day in the Life of America.   Smolan and Erwitt live with their two children in northern California.

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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
It's important to note if you wish to order customized/personalized copies for different people, you must order each copy separately. If you order more than one copy thinking you will be able to customize each one, it will not work - you will receive multiple copies of the same book. (that's the only reason I rated this as a four star as it could be more clear about the order process for ordering more than one custom copy) So, if you want to personalize books for separate individuals, simply place a separate order for each book you wish to customize. The process is fun and simple. I only wish there were more pages to customize. The technology is Crazy Cool! It Rocks! I can't wait to receive each order I customized for my daughter and son featuring my favorite photos of them and their artwork. I'll report back once I receive my books : )

Update: My teenagers received their personalized books and LOVE them! While at work, I even received a text from my teenage son thanking me for it. I'm sure many may understand a positive reaction from a teenager willing to text/mom with a 'cool' and a thank you is something.

Seeing some of the critical remarks - this book is more than a 'scrapbook' of photos. To me it is a testament to our democracy and the graceful transition of parties. This is also called out in the book as well as many other facts and photos. Even the affirmation included from Colin Powell about the love each of the candidates have for our country is moving. It is a keepsake and one I'm going to order for myself!

I love the print-on-demand technology - it is revolutionizing the publishing industry. The hp technology is removing barriers to entry for authors/illustrators to share their stories and art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obama Time Capsule June 22, 2009
The book I ordered was great, it came just as I ordered it, pictures were very clear and in order. Thank You
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history June 21, 2009
By Cath
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Book is beautifully done. It's a great memento of a piece of history. I bought it as a surprise for my daughter. It would have been nice to have the option to add a few more personal pictures. That part was limited, but it's still a wonderful keepsake at a reasonable price. It was very easy to personalize.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad is over the moon! June 18, 2009
I just needed to share w/ you that this was a Father's Day gift for our Dad. He has already received it and is Over the Moon with this book! My mother said if we never give him another present for the rest of his life, it is ok, because this one will be impossible to top. There are 3 of us daughters, all living in a different town from my parents; therefore, we have not been able to view the quality of the book. My parents assure us that it is top notch and I might say, they think we paid far more than the $40 total cost. Kudos to the creators of this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is there a typo in the price??? February 9, 2010
I can recall when this book retailed for $34. Is this price an error?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a new kind of book December 30, 2009
By Deb Roy
This is a beautiful book. The images are gorgeous and capture a sense of being there that sets the perfect context for an experiment in user generated content. The result is a new and special kind of book that I hope we see more of in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Gift December 29, 2009
By Bj
Format:Misc.|Verified Purchase
I purchased the book for my sister's Christmas present. Image the oohs and ahhs when the gift was opened. My sister was extremely touched by the personalization of the book, stated that she will keep the book in a protective cover so that it can be part of a family heirloom that she can pass on to her son or daughter. Great gift. Now everyone in my family wants one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Obama Time Capsule lives up to its title.
It encapsulates a thrilling, historic moment and enables us to include a personal connection to the story. The photos are memorable throughout the book, many images not seen during the months of hyper-coverage. Being able to insert my own material was exciting. Friends are awed by the back cover of my edition because I was fortunate to have a photo of Barack Obama and me, and there it is in high-quality among the other excellent images. More great memories! This really is the future of personal publishing.
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