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Barack Obama The Story ( CD)

Author:  David Maraniss Read By:  David Maraniss
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Learn more about Barack Obama:

Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 1442348321
ISBN-13: 9781442348325
Sku: 223393547
Publish Date: 6/19/2012
Pages:  3
 
In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, the author of "First in His Class, " the definitive biography of Bill Clinton, presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him.
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By the author of the bestselling When Pride Still Mattered and the Pulitzer finalist for They Marched into Sunlight and the definitive biography of the young Bill Clinton, First in His Class, a stunning saga of the generations and geography that put Barack Obama on his path to the American presidency.Meticulously reported by one of our pre-eminent journalists, based on hundreds of interviews, the real stories of Obama’s disparate forebears and his early life explain as never before the forces that shaped him.

Along the way is a story of passions, vain ambitions, survival and love. There is a sad description of his father’s, and father’s father’s behavior and of their thwarted lives. Maraniss’s portrayal of Obama’s mother is critical and sympathetic. He shows us Obama as a small school boy in Indonesia, eager and polite, then as a prankster adolescent, a basketball-playing good scholar. The truth is that Barack Obama Jr. began inventing and defining himself from early childhood to undergraduate at Occidental and Columbia Colleges, on to Harvard and “home” to Chicago.

Maraniss evokes time and place so vividly that listeners feel they are there. He corrects the record (even Obama’s recollections) as he keeps the young Obama always at the center of this adventure.

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"[T]he book has the cumulative impact of one of those coming-of-age novels that traces the remarkable ascent of a young man of humble origins to the uppermost reaches of power, complete with all the accidents of circumstance and the willed transcendence of those conditions." - Michiko Kakutani 06/05/2012

"The great virtue of David Maraniss's huge and absorbing biography is to demonstrate that Obama's saga in its full and previously unexplored detail is more surprising and gripping than the version the world is familiar with." - James Fallows 06/17/2012

"[A] revealing and deeply reported coming-of-age story." - Bob Minzesheimer 06/14/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   3
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster Audio
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