Barack Obama

Author: David Maraniss

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439167532

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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From one of our preeminent journalists and modern historians comes the epic story of Barack Obama and the world that created him. In Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents. The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future. Barack Obama: The Story chronicles as never before the forces that shaped the first black president of the United States and explains why he thinks and acts as he does. Much like the author’s classic study of Bill Clinton, First in His Class, this promises to become a seminal book that will redefine a president.

Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope

Author: Mark S. Ferrara

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476603391

Category: History

Page: 204

View: 1737


The historical and literary antecedents of the President’s campaign rhetoric can be traced to the utopian traditions of the Western world. The “rhetoric of hope” is a form of political discourse characterized by a forward-looking vision of social progress brought about by collective effort and adherence to shared values (including discipline, temperance, a strong work ethic, self-reliance and service to the community). By combining his own personal story (as the biracial son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya) with national mythologies like the American Dream, Obama creates a persona that embodies the moral values and cultural mythos of his implied audience. In doing so, he draws upon the Classical world, Judeo-Christianity, the European Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the presidencies of Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR, slave narratives, the Black church, the civil rights movement and even popular culture.

Barack Obama

Author: Kathleen Perricone

Publisher: Centennial Books

ISBN: 195127427X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 4058


The 44th President of the United States of America. A look back at the most memorable moments of Barack Obama's extraordinary life, beloved family and historic political career. It’s been a over a decade since Barack Obama made history when he was elected America's first black president. During his eight years in the White House, he brought about incredible change: He reformed health care, legalized same-sex marriage and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of September 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. This book takes a close look at Obama's life: From his lonely childhood in Hawaii and formative college years to how the relatively unknown Illinois Senator beat veteran Senator John McCain in the 2008 election. It also reveals how Michelle Obama sacrificed her career and family life in order for her husband to achieve his dream of becoming president. Plus, what the Obamas have been up to since they left the White House, and what’s next for them.

President Barack Obama

Author: John K. Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317253558

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 4290


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.

The Riddle of Barack Obama

Author: Avner Falk

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313385874

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 335

View: 7383


An internationally noted clinical psychologist offers readers the first psychological biography of Barack Obama. * Quotes from dozens of books on Barack Obama, from hundreds of articles about him, and from interviews with him and people who have known him * A precise and detailed chronology of Barack Obama's life history * A bibliography of some 400 entries, including books, articles, and interviews

LIFE Barack Obama

Author: LIFE Magazine

Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

ISBN: 1547859482

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 96

View: 5633


LIFE Barack Obama chronicles the former President's life, from his early years in Chicago to meeting Michelle and his rise in politics to the White House and beyond, as he continues to be prolific today at the age of 60. Complete with stunning, intimate photography, this special edition is a must-have for history buffs and fans of American politics.

Barack Obama’s Promised Land

Author: Jack Cashill

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 1642939064

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 393

View: 8395


In his introduction to the world at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, then state senator Barack Obama insisted, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America—there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America—there’s the United States of America.” But as his latest memoir, A Promised Land, makes clear, Obama inhabits a smug, elite liberal America in which conservatives are not welcome. Indeed, from Obama’s perspective, their every thought, gesture, and vote is insincere and likely racist. Although the Obama memoir is obsessed with race, Obama as president and as writer has refused to address the one problem he knew to be at the heart of America’s racial divide: the disintegration of the black family. While Obama and his peers have profited from the opportunities America offers, his lack of courage has doomed the black inner city to another generation of crime, drugs, and educational failure. To divert attention from his own failure, Obama has cast the right as the “other” in his ongoing melodrama—driving a wedge between black and white that will take generations to heal.

Barack Obama and the Politics of Change

Author: Stanley A. Renshon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135193991

Category: Political Science

Page: 408

View: 614


Based on extensive biographical, psychological, and political research and analysis, noted political psychologist Stanley Renshon follows Obama’s presidency through the first two years. He digs into the question of who is the real Obama and assesses the advantages and limitations that he brings to the presidency. These questions cannot be answered without recourse to psychological analysis. And they cannot be answered without psychological knowledge of presidential leadership and the presidency itself. Renshon explains that Obama’s ambition has been fueled by a desire for redemption—his own, that of his parents, and ultimately for the country he now leads, which has enormous consequences for his choices as president of a politically divided America.

The Presidency of Barack Obama

Author: Julian Zelizer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400889553

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 417


An original and engaging account of the Obama years from a group of leading political historians Barack Obama's election as the first African American president seemed to usher in a new era, and he took office in 2009 with great expectations. But by his second term, Republicans controlled Congress, and, after the 2016 presidential election, Obama's legacy and the health of the Democratic Party itself appeared in doubt. In The Presidency of Barack Obama, Julian Zelizer gathers leading American historians to put President Obama and his administration into political and historical context. These writers offer strikingly original assessments of the big issues that shaped the Obama years, including the conservative backlash, race, the financial crisis, health care, crime, drugs, counterterrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan, the environment, immigration, education, gay rights, and urban policy. Together, these essays suggest that Obama's central paradox is that, despite effective policymaking, he failed to receive credit for his many achievements and wasn't a party builder. Provocatively, they ask why Obama didn't unite Democrats and progressive activists to fight the conservative counter-tide as it grew stronger. Engaging and deeply informed, The Presidency of Barack Obama is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand Obama and the uncertain aftermath of his presidency. Contributors include Sarah Coleman, Jacob Dlamini, Gary Gerstle, Risa Goluboff, Meg Jacobs, Peniel Joseph, Michael Kazin, Matthew Lassiter, Kathryn Olmsted, Eric Rauchway, Richard Schragger, Paul Starr, Timothy Stewart-Winter, Thomas Sugrue, Jeremi Suri, Julian Zelizer, and Jonathan Zimmerman.

King's Dream: Barack Obama Becomes President of the United States of America

Author: Sherry Hutson,Lynn Lyons

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1105838218

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 7459


An election year news diary of the 2008 Democratic primary and general election told through accounts accessed entirely from electronic media. The editors reveal a unique, dynamic story told by over 500 writers from nearly 200 sources. Over 1,200 entries are included in this month by month chronology featuring journalists, candidates, pollsters, pundits, bloggers, comedians, celebrities, musicians, artists, politicians, and the people. Entries include hard news, speeches, commentary, humor, statistics, and facts surrounding the 2008 election of Barack Obama. A companion website is also available at kingsdream.com .