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Barack Obama ''s improbable quest has become a fact of American life and a benchmark in American history. Striving now toward a more perfect union, Obama and the nation confront obstacles unforeseen at the outset of the 2008 electoral campaign. John K. Wilson tracks the sweep of this progress from the beginning of Obama ''s political career through his move into the White House. With his critical journalistic eye and his sympathetic native son perspective, Wilson shows us a side of Obama we haven t seen as well as a view of the media we need to understand even more now as the Obama administration begins to govern.The paperback edition of this popular book includes a new introduction, updates throughout, and two new chapters on the electoral victory and the transition from campaigning into governing. New photos and new insights include a focus on the continued importance of race in American politics.