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Mr. and Mrs Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers Did It Hardcover – January 20, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
John Presta has experience as a journalist, but do not expect journalistic objectivity here: he is unabashedly an Obama loyalist. In this detailed memoir of a remarkable political ascendency, he tells you why. Those who think Barack Obama is the Antichrist, then, may not like it much. No matter. They should read it anyway if for no other reason than to find out what all the fuss is about and how Obama came from nothing to capture the nation's highest office. Presented here is a study in politics as is should be, politics as I imagine the Founding Fathers dreamed it would be, politics as local neighborhood efforts by small cadres of true believers.
The charge has been made that Obama is the result of the corrupt Chicago political machine. Presta says it's just the opposite. Obama was the outsider, the impatient upstart who would not "wait his turn," and was opposed by the Chicago establishment when he ran unsuccessfully against the entrenched incumbent congressman Bobby Rush in 2000. Again in 2004 when he came back to challenge the legacy candidate Dan Hynes in the US Senate race, the machine ignored him or treated him as no more than a nuisance. The outcome of that race was just understood as a given, Hynes would win.Read more ›
A community activist and bookstore owner in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood, Presta recounts his first introduction to Obama, the ensuing political forums and local campaign efforts -- along with a bevy of other historically significant grassroots events that led to Obama's rise in Illinois. Chockfull of detail and personal reflection, Presta sheds light on the 44th president in a way that grounds us again. It allows us to set aside the skewed images of mass media and see Obama as a man, a neighbor, with a passion to change America.
This book is filled with fascinating details about the behind the scenes work of the people who got to know Barack Obama personally, saw his great potential, and committed their time, ennergy and money into helping him get elected president. Presta shows us how he knew, from the start, that Obama had what it took to become president. A terrific book that can show the reader how our president has the tools to change our country for the better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A most compelling story of grassroots organizing that gives hope to a newly political activist who lives in a RED state dominated by Koch brothers $$. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Gramma Linda
This book was fun to read. It was interesting to read about the earlier days of Barack Obama's political career. You see how it unfolded over time. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by KathyFred
This books is as real as it gets when it comes to describing the workings of a successful Grassroots movement, bravo to John & Michelle !!!Published on September 16, 2011 by jbs3150