- Hardcover: 95 pages
- Publisher: Time (December 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160320072X
- ISBN-13: 978-1603200721
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Time President Obama: The Path to The White House Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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Barack Obama’s path from Hawaii to Indonesia to the White House represents one of the most unlikely and fascinating journeys in U.S. political history. With this special publication that is sure to become an instant collector’s item, TIME will mark Obama’s rise with an illustrated 96-page book. TIME Obama will contain original TIME magazine reporting and analysis from the magazine’s political experts. The book will showcase the unrivaled, intimate behind-the-scenes photography of campaign photographer Callie Shell, who has been visually documenting Obama’s journey since he began his run for President. And it will provide readers with a colorful and concise account of how Obama rose to power — from his early days to his Chicago years to the moment when he became a political phenomenon.
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This book is by Time Magazine, and the articles, interspersed with the photographs, also by Time's photographer, show Mr Obama from the beginning of his decision to run for President, to the night of the election victory.
Many of the narratives are simply articles taken from Time Magazine at the time things were occuring. They do not attempt to confuse; they have the actual date of the first publishing of the article in Time at the head of each article. Its interesting to see things with the "at the time" point of view. Most of the articles are really well written and thorough, looking fully at the incidents they are reporting.
My favorite was the section on Obama's childhood, his mother and grandparents. It has always bothered me that Mr Obama is ROUTINELY referred to as "Black" or "African-American" when he is in fact biracial, a sub-category that is increasing recognized by the young people of just such marriages as that of his parents. These young people, (one is a relative of mine) do not want to be seen as either "Black" or "White" in many cases. Obama, who grew up in multi-cultural Hawaii for most of his childhood, surely must have felt comfortable as a mixed-race person, and undoubtedly, until he reached Chicago, didn't feel he had to identify himself as entirely "Black".
In Chicago big-city politics, where the old ethnicities apply, he had to choose, and obviously chose to be "Black". Marrying an African-American Chicago-born and raised wife probably hardened the choice for him and made it permanent.
But now, as leader of the United States, he needs, in my opinion, to find himself again as a biracial or multi-cultural person, in order to lead everyone and not be perceived only as the "first Black president" etc.
The book is worth purchasing as a memento of great historical change; also worth reading. Great photographs.
From the large glossy picture of our soon-to-be president on the cover of the book, to the many photos of him throughout his life, we see a boadly smiling Barack, who exudes energy and optimism. Even as a child growing up in the often challenging circumstances of his family life--his Kenyan father left the family when he was a child, and his single-mom, rearing the boy the help of his grandparents lived under modest means, for example--Barack always had a huge smile on his face.
In addition to the pictorial history, this book consists of 10 articles which had appeared previously in the Time issues from Oct. 2006 through 17 Nov. 2008. These articles, by Time Magazine staff, are well-written and quite readable. Kudos also to Callie Shell, Time photographer who covered the campaign from 2006 on, and is responsible for most of the photography that comprise this book.
I think that this slim volume--just under 100 pages--will stand as an inspiring commemoration of an crucial historical time for the American people. The story of his "...Path to the White House", from humble beginnings up through his election to the presidency, is one that can give hope and meaning to life. It is a terrific and inspiring gift for anyone on your gift list this holiday season. Thank-you Amazon for making it available to your customers ahead of the scheduled publication date!
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