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"With Young Mr. Obama, Edward McClelland finishes what The Bridge started, showing how Obama navigated Chicago political life, which can be as rough as a Blackhawks game ... McClelland's book is long on reporting and narrative, and short on meditation and analysis - for which readers can be thankful.... For the many Americans who remain fascinated with the American president, Young Mr. Obama makes for insightful, enlightening reading, a worthy supplement to Remnick's book and a valuable contribution to the record on the 44th president."--Christian Science Monitor
"So the question was whether is this just another Obama book. The answer is no. The great strength of the book lies in it coverage of the early years.... delving into all this breaks new biographical ground and will function as a solid foundation for future books on the subject. The book is a must-read for all Obama political junkies who want to know more for it does significantly advance the historical record regarding his younger years."--New York Journal of Books
"McClelland does a great job illustrating how the gerrymandering of Chicago's First Congressional District and the emergence of early 20th century black leaders such as Oscar DePriest and William Dawson established strong foundations for black leadership to emerge in Chicago and across Illinois, well before it became accepted elsewhere."-- GapersBlock.com
"McClelland explores how Chicago's long-established African American political power bases helped nurture Obama's career."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Where did Barack Obama come from? No answer to that question can be complete without the stories that unfold in this book. Many of them date from the time when Edward McClelland was just about the only reporter covering the young and unknown Obama. Understanding how this extraordinary leader rose from Chicago politics to the pinnacle of world power is not possible without the insights in Young Mr.Obama."--Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
"Edward McClelland's Young Mr. Obama argues convincingly that our first black president couldn't have come from any place other than Chicago. If you want to understand the 'Chicago-style' politics that shaped our president--the real thing, not the right-wing cartoon--you have to read Young Mr. Obama."--Joan Walsh, editor in chief of Salon.com
"[McClelland] makes a convincing case that President Obama's experiences in his adopted city shaped him profoundly and helped make him the seasoned and formidable politician he is today. An engaging overview of the president's early political education." --Kirkus Reviews
"As Barack Obama's presidency is beset by falling ratings, a weak economy, and an antideficit mood, McClelland's examination of Obama's ascendency should encourage supporters and instill caution in opponents." --Publishers Weekly
"Richly details Obama's background in Chicago and how it impressed those who would eventually help his presidential campaign like senior advisor David Axelrod." --Paul Bedard, U.S. News & World Report's Washington Whispers blog
"A fine survey of how local Chicago politics shaped Obama."--Midwest Book Review
"A great read."--AND Magazine
After purchasing an advance copy of McClelland's book, in a few days it was completely read from cover to cover.
McClelland covered Obama's failed run for Congress against Bobby Rush as a reporter, and that part of the book is especially revealing of Obama's political maturation.
It's a truly excellent account of Obama's time in Chicago: engagingly written, knowledgeable, and never ponderous despite the author's obvious expertise.
Young Mr. Obama is more than the early political years of our current president (44th), it's how politics in Chicago (and in other places as well). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cliente de Amazon
An extremely interesting story about the President and Chicago (my old home town) politics. I read the Kindle edition and really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John W. Spiech
This product does a great job. It is priced right and well constructed. I would recommend heartily. A real buy!Published 12 months ago by Bartoomann
Want to know what really happened? I bought this books to see how well it matches my actual experiences. It is spot on.Published 13 months ago by Zenotis Boyd Jr.
I learned so much about Black Chicago politics. This book is like the history book that's missing from regular classrooms. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Regina Rodriguez-Martin
I loved this book because I live close to Chicago and I always wanted to know more facts about President Obama before he got to the White House.Published 21 months ago by Lynne
This book explains a lot about how and why Obama came to run his campaign. I liked that it wasn't merely a book making him seem like God, but it outlined his struggles and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shmojo
I have not finished reading YOUNG MR. OBAMA... but I did want to make some comments from what I have read. I have learned about politics & how things work. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Maria E Freeman